Summary: God is above, and yet our tears fall into His bosom. The tears have much weight in them, and are pressing upon God. He will visit you, wipe your tears and make you laugh again.
"My friends scorn me: but mine eye pours out tears unto God” (Job 16:20)
Tears are words, virtual words, that the heart can't express, they speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues(Quote by Washington Irving). Tears are powerful orators. God reads our heart in those lines which tears draw on our faces.
God is above, and yet our tears fall into His bosom. The tears have much weight in them, and are pressing upon God.
There are many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them are without signification (1 Corinthians 14:10). The voice of tears is very significant, yet only God knows the special signification of it. Generally, tears result from excessive sorrow, when too much psychological pressure is applied to our being. In other words, when sorrow and depression within us become unbearable and the heart becomes overburdened and uncontrollable, tears flow out. Yet the amazing thing is that when our tears flow out, all the heavy burdens within suddenly become light. Originally everything was tense, but now things become relaxed. It seems that something has come out of us through the tears. Originally there were many things within; now there are fewer things within. Therefore, tears are very meaningful. They discharge whatever is in the heart. In other words, tears are the outlet of the heart.
Tears are a sign of sadness. Sadness touches others’ feeling, whereas laughter cannot touch others very deeply. Laughter is something on the surface, whereas grief comes from within. Since grief comes from a person’s inner being, it must also enter into the inner being of others. The shedding of tears is a sign of a broken heart. Therefore, before tears can flow from the eyes, they must first flow from the heart. It is meaningless to shed tears when the heart is not pained.
When all your ways are blocked, when you are opposed in every place, when everyone says you are wrong, and when the environment vexes you, drop a few tears before God. " This is your only way out. Only this will enable you to solve the problem. These are unavoidable experiences, and every believer must pass through them. If you want to serve God faithfully and live in a godly way, things of this kind will surely happen to you, and tears will surely flow. There has never been a faithful one (David, Hezekiah, Hannah etc) who has not shed tears. If you have ever brought your problems or joys to God, I advise you to bring your tears to Him as well.
Tears are shed when a person hears unpleasant words from others, when he encounters suffering and oppression that produce sorrow and anger, and when this sorrow and anger continue to press upon him until he can withstand them no more. As such times, the tears flow out. "So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter” (Ecclesiastes 4:1).
"Bitterly she weeps in the night, And her tears are on her cheeks. There is no one to comfort her, among all her lovers; All her friends have dealt treacherously with her; they have become her enemies.” (Lamentations 1:2). This was the situation when the children of Israel were carried away into captivity; they wept because they were dealt with treacherously.
When the Israelites were carried away to a heathen land, the people ridiculed them, saying, "What do you have left? The temple of your God is ruined, and your nation has vanished. Where is your God? What has happened to you?" Under this kind of situation, the sons of Korah wrote the psalm: "My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all day long, where is your God?" (Psalm 42:3). At that time, it was very painful for them. People were pricking them with sharp words that were hard to bear. They could not help but shed their tears unto God. Men like to prick those whom they hate. It is their joy to afflict them and cause them to suffer. In the same way, the enemy of the children of Israel came to prick them, scorn them, ridicule them, and cause them pain. They could only shed tears in such situation.
There are 10 Categories of tears in the scripture, and every one speaks:
1. TEARS OF WORLDLY SORROW.
Esau had enough of them, he found stores of tears when he lost the blessing. He sold his birthright for a morsel of meat, but could not purchase it again, with floods of sorrow, “for he found no place of repentance”; that is , he could not prevail with his father Isaac to change his mind, ”though he sought it carefully with tears”(Hebrew 12:17). Esau tears spoke his hunger after that which he had sold to buy off hunger, or to pay a debt to nature.