To the Ones Who Weep at Night
There's something about being completely alone with your thoughts in the quiet dark of night that sometimes feels heavy, inescapable, and overwhelming. I don't know the source of your tears, perhaps you're reminded in those moments of the burdens you had to carry throughout the day or maybe you think of the ones you'll have to carry when you wake tomorrow. Maybe you feel the desperation of your circumstances, haunting reminders of your shame, or just the pain of feeling isolated or alone. Your pitch black room feels like an island far away from any help or aid and regardless of the reason you weep, you just weep. Whatever pains lay dormant during the day rage at you at night and you long for relief from your distress. Where do you turn in those moments? What remedy can be found?
God's Word has a lot to say about weeping at night. In the Psalms, there are many times where we see God's people calling out to Him through their tears at night.
TRUTHS FOR THE TEARFUL
We live in a broken world and we are both sinners and sufferers. We endure pain and we bring pain about because of our own sin. Though the circumstances may vary, God's Word offers us hope for whatever causes us grief and sorrow. To those in Christ, there is always comfort to be found. When you cry, remember these truths:
Your Savior takes notice of your tears. (Psalm 56:8-11)
"You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book? Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call; This I know, that God is for me. In God, whose word I praise, In the Lord, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?"
Weary, burdened Christian, you do not weep without the Merciful Father's watchful eye upon you, He sees your pain and suffering and you are most assuredly, not alone.
Your Savior hears your cries. (Psalm 34:4-7)
“I sought the Lord, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces will never be ashamed. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him And saved him out of all his troubles."
It's not just that He sees you, but He hears your cries and prayers to Him. Our God is "Emmanuel," or "God with us" and He is "near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18)." When you cry, cry out to Him.
Your Savior rescues and redeems. (Psalm 116:5-9)
"Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; Yes, our God is compassionate. The Lord preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me. Return to your rest, O my soul, For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. For You have rescued my soul from death, My eyes from tears, My feet from stumbling. I shall walk before the Lord In the land of the living."
The Lord has the power to rescue and redeem what's broken. Is it your sin that causes you to weep? In Christ, we have forgiveness. Is it a foe? He can give you strength to endure. Are you circumstances too much? He will be your refuge. Whatever the situation, the Lord is your portion and He will not forsake you.
To the ones who weep at night, your God is with you, He sees you, He hears you, and He will be your deliverer:
"Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, The God who is our salvation. Selah. God is to us a God of deliverances; And to God the Lord belong escapes from death (Psalm 68:19-20)."
Take some time and read through Psalm 34 and seek the Lord. Remind yourself of His care for you. Consider taking your burdens to a trusted brother or sister that can pray for you. It's not wrong to weep or grieve, but always remember that you are never truly alone in your sorrow (Psalm 34:22).