The God Who Catches Your Tears (Psalms 56, 120, 140, 142)

In Psalm 56, David writes of something very unusual; he says that God catches his (David’s) tears in a bottle.  What exactly does that mean?  If you ever visit the Holy Land, I’m told that you can actually purchase a small bottle that is used to collect a person’s tears.  David was implying that God has such a bottle, too, and that he cares so deeply for us that he collects our tears and keeps them close.  God had not forgotten David and the circumstances that he was facing any more than God has forgotten us and the circumstances that we are facing.  His care and concern for us is such that, like David, we can say, “When I am afraid I put my trust in you,” (v. 3).  And here’s the great news: there is nothing that flesh can do to me.  See, when we put our lives in the hands of the God who catches our tears, we realize that He is the One who is in control.  Anything He allows is for His purposes, and we have nothing to fear because He loves us and cares deeply for us.

About Seth

Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.


  1. “O God, have mercy on me,
    for people are hounding me.
    My foes attack me all day long.
    I am constantly hounded by those who slander me,
    and many are boldly attacking me.
    But when I am afraid,
    I will put my trust in you.
    I praise God for what he has promised.
    I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
    What can mere mortals do to me?”

    Psalm 56:1-4 NLT

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