Tears sacred


Compiled by Michael Jeshurun

The Bible teaches that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Like it or not, we are all born sinners, which means we are all born unbroken. Yes, our DNA is infected with the sin of our forefather Adam. The word that best describes this condition of unbrokenness is pride. The word that best describes brokenness is humility.

We are all—every last one of us—more or less unbroken. The Christian journey is one of God bringing us out of tree of knowledge trash such as sinful, rule-based, self-righteous, self-sufficient, prideful dependence upon our own strength, wisdom and knowledge into the tree of life treasures of brokenness, humility, worship of and dependence upon Him. These are God’s highest desires for all of His children, and His desires are always what is best for us. They are highly prized by Him, and once we begin to understand and bear the fruit of them, we will prize them highly too.

Biblically, tears are an essential expression of brokenness. They are God’s provision for cleansing us of the unbrokenness that hinders and sometimes destroys our spiritual, mental and physical health and well being.

“Thou feedest them with the bread of tears; and givest them tears to drink in great measure” (Psalm 80:5).
Ken Gire wrote in Windows of the Soul, “In each tear is distilled something of eternity, something of love and compassion and tenderness, all things that originate in heaven and come to earth as a sacrament to the soul, if only I am willing to take and to eat. The closest communion with God comes, I believe, through the sacrament of tears. Just as grapes are crushed to make wine and grain to make bread, so the elements of this sacrament come from the crushing experiences of life.

Many Hebrew words for grieving, weeping and lamentation actually mean “to distill”, which means to “separate and change from one substance to another”. This word beautifully describes God’s renewing work in the midst of our tears. In the life long metamorphosis of our souls, God is continually transforming us from the sin-marred image of Adam into the glorious image of Christ. The tears we pour out at the feet of Jesus, both joyful and sad, are the distillation of God’s eternal work in our lives.

Tears are the language of the soul. When they are turned toward God, they are never wasted nor shed in vain. Though often shunned by man they are treasured by God. Psalm 56:8 says that God keeps our tears in a bottle and writes each one in His book.

God considers our precious tears an offering. Exodus 22:29 urges that we not “delay to offer the first of [our] ripe fruits, and of [our] liquors . . . “.

The primary meaning of the Hebrew word for “liquors” is “tears”. And we should not delay the offering of them! They are put into His bottle and are written in His book. I can almost see the fingers of God lovingly caressing each line in that weighty tome as He ponders our every offering and sacrifice of brokenness—love letters straight from our heart to His. Just let your heart ponder this for a moment. Our tears are treasures in heaven, for they represent our every moment of surrender to Him.

The great old theologian, Matthew Henry wrote of this verse, “God has a bottle and a book for his people’s tears, both those for their sins and those for their afflictions. He observes them with compassion and tender concern; he is afflicted in their afflictions, and knows their souls in adversity. Paul was mindful of Timothy’s tears (2 Timothy 1:4), and God will not forget the sorrows of his people. God will comfort his people according to the time wherein he has afflicted them, and give to those to reap in joy who sowed in tears. What was sown a tear will come up a pearl.”

[Gleaned from sources on the web]



  1. Dear Brother Mike, Regarding your beautiful compilation on TEARS, the Language of the Soul, what a comfort that is. I have thought lately, I wonder if God has a warehouse for bottles of tears in heaven, for the tears He bottles must be the ones shed on earth. Would he have a special bottle for tears of repentance, and another for tears of grief? Of all the sin and sorrow on earth, there must be a call for many, many bottles. I know this kind of lanquage is to cater to our human understanding, telling us, for example our God of love and our Savior of compassion takes note of every sign and every tear. If the sparrow does not fall to the ground without His knowledge and even care, how much more does he love and care for His people made in His image and redeemed by His blood!!! I have of late been reading Horatius Bonar book on “Night of Weeping; Morning of Joy.” I have received comfort and help from this book as well. . The thought you expressed about each sown tear turns into a pearl, is a precious thought. A pearl is formed only by the aggravation in the clam’s life caused by grains of sand.
    Surely a picture of God turning something bad and unwanted into something good and most precious. My late and precious wife surely had decades of tribulation, pain and sickness as her “grains of sand, and look what a PEARL she turned out to be! I feel sure the Master Refiner of gold was by HIs fiery furnace refining her gold, and when He could clearly see His image in the refined gold, He took her. Before she left this world, I told her she was a JEWEL in the Temple of God. And I know that was and IS what she is. My tears have been profuse even every day, I know God has a purpose for each one. Loneliness and a certain amount of self-pity enters in, but I always want to praise Him and worship Him for His wisdom and love and for Him many gifts. The gift of my wife as my help-meet seems to be my greatest concerning a gift of another soul for so many years. I do not sorrow as one without hope, and my expected end is to soon see the Savior who redeemed and died for my soul, and with my loved on just lost after so many years, we can perfectly love and worship Him even with all saints. And, yes, and perfect perspective and righteous hearts we can love one another perfectly as He wants us to.
    –Glen Berry

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