“Put thou my tears into thy bottle; are they not in thy book? Psalm 56:8. DIVINE ANSWER. 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.” Psalm 126:5, 6.
Believer, if thou art now reaping in joy, and singing hymns of triumph, be thankful; but remember, that this work belongs more to the next world than the present. Here, weeping and rejoicing follow each other, and sorrow will oft find a lodging in the bosom of faith: for there is no retreat from the field of battle; and thine enemies will not leave thee, while thou hast a breath to draw. Let this be a check to impatience. It is indeed needful to be humbled under a sense of the misery, so as to sigh, groan, and weep often; and this is the true seed for eternity. Not a single tear and groan will be lost. They are all in the book of the Lord.
God counts the sorrows of his saints;
Their groans affect his ears;
He has a book for their complaints,
A bottle for their tears.
The Lord can clear the darkest skies,
Can give us day for night;
Make drops of sacred sorrow rise
To rivers of delight.
Let those who sow in sadness wait
Till the fair harvest come;
They shall confess their sheaves are great,
And shout the blessings home.
(A Golden Treasury ~ April 8)