One of the funniest movies of all time is The Long, Long Trailer with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. A newlywed couple travels in their 28-foot long trailer, while the wife collects a big rock from each of the dozens of locations visited. The story comes to a humorous end when the trailer, loaded with all these rocks, has an unfortunate mishap on a steep hill. You’ll have to watch the movie to find out what happens.
God collects things too. One of the things He collects is the tears of His people. Psalm 56:8 reads:
You number my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle; are they not in Your books?
In the ancient middle east, people kept tear bottles called lachrymatory. These clay or glass vessels were used to catch tears during times of grief and trouble.
The Romans paid professional mourners to collect their tears for placement in the tombs of the loved ones as a way of showing grief.
In Victorian England, tears were collected into glass bottles with porous stoppers; when the tears evaporated, it was taken as a sign that mourning should end.
During the American Civil War, women saved their tears in bottles to give to their returned men to show how much they were missed.
God doesn’t have billions of clay or glass bottles on a never-ending shelf in Heaven. David was asking God to take note of his distress and tears. He was asking God to remember him in his troubles. Not a single tear ever escapes His notice and care.
Jesus wept at the tomb of His dear friend Lazarus (John 11:35). His tears didn’t go unnoticed and neither do yours.