CRY ME A RIVER

Did you know that God has a special place in His heart for tears? We are compelled by the society we live in and, regrettably, by the church to suppress our tears and “put on a happy face”. No one wants to hear a cry baby and we never see the altars of our churches lined with saints on their faces seeking God with tears for the lost. This used to be a common occurrence back in the old days. Could there be a connection to this and the state of our country?

 Joel 2:12 – Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

Joel 2:17 – NAS – Let the priests, the LORD’S ministers, Weep between the porch and the altar, And let them say, “Spare Your people, O LORD, And do not make Your inheritance a reproach, A byword among the nations. Why should they among the peoples say, ‘Where is their God?’ “

It is time for the priests of the Lord, the pastors, to again lead the people in a good cry for our country. We have held back our tears and God has not answered with revival. There is a certain humbling of our spirits when we weep and this is a requirement for revival.

 2 Chronicles 7:14 – KJV – If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

 When you begin to study, you will find that our tears are a very powerful weapon to use in prayer. Sadly, this is too often overlooked. God thought so much of tears that He put a whole book in the Bible called “Lamentations”. True men of God were known to cry:

Jeremiah – Lam 3:48My eyes overflow with rivers of water For the destruction of the daughter of my people. 49My eyes flow and do not cease, Without interruption,50Till the LORD from heaven Looks down and sees. (he was going to cry until he got an answer)

David –Psalms 56:8-9  You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book?  When I cry out to You, Then my enemies will turn back; This I know, because God is for me.

But one verse stands out to me. If there were no other verses in the Bible about tears, this would be enough for me:

John 11:35  Jesus wept.

The shortest verse in the Bible, but what a powerful statement. If you read the context of this verse, it is in the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. What a miracle was performed after a good cry! Perhaps that is why we do not see many miracles: because we do not cry.

We are promised that good things will happen if we will just open our hearts with passion and weep to the Lord:

Psalms 126:5,6 – KJV – They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

 Perhaps the reason we do not have a lot of joy in our life is because we do not cry enough. So God says, “Go ahead……Cry me a river!”

 

 

3 thoughts on “CRY ME A RIVER

  1. Dawn says:

    I love this. Thank you!

  2. Wanda Marcus says:

    I agree. I find I don’t work up those tears myself. It takes a spirit of intercession to come on me. If I meet with God and pray regularly, and stay close to his heart, it’s likely to happen. According to Rev. 1:6, Jesus has made us “kings and priests.” We are the priests who have the privilege of bringing people before the Lord.

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