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There are certain people in scripture that really appeal to me and King David is one of them. Not because he became king, but because he believed the LORD would do what He said He would do no matter what. David believed the LORD even when he was living in caves and it looked like there was no way ever that he would become king.

He is referred to as a man after God’s own heart, and despite all that he did, the wrong decisions, the breaking of Torah law, the self-reliance, he always came back to the LORD, and quickly too. Not only that, but he shared everything with the LORD, he praised Him in his sorrow, his fear, his joy and his love.

He shared everything with the LORD, it just bears repeating doesn’t it?

In Psalm 56 David states that the LORD collects every tear we cry, that He collects them in a bottle and cherishes them because they are ours, and I dare say because they represent all of our life’s emotions.

Just recently I was thinking about this very thing, tears in a bottle, and that David was talking about the sorrows of life. All of us have shed more than our fair share, Christ Himself said there is trouble in this world, but not to fear because He has overcome the world.  If Christ Himself says you’re going to have trouble, you’d better believe it, and you’d better believe that it will come with tears.

Yet tears don’t always come with pain do they? Although that’s the most common thing we think of when we think about tears, they also come with great joy, with laughter and with love. They express the full spectrum of our emotions from the unbearably painful to the unbearably lovely.

And, I’m sure that the LORD catches those joyful tears too. Not just the ones we shed in our pain, but also the ones we shed when we are overwhelmed by love and the beauty of life. He is there with us in them all, experiencing every emotion with us, catching every tear that slides down our cheeks because they are precious to Him, and that’s because we are precious to Him.

“Go back and tell Hezekiah, the leader of my people, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears;….”

2 Kings 20:5a

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Have you ever seen a really good movie that you just had to share with your friends? Or, a book that you couldn’t stop talking about? Or, just about anything that was really good and you just had to share?

A friend of mine is totally like this. Whenever she sees a good movie, reads a great book or goes to a really good restaurant, she tells you all about it with no hesitation whatsoever.

This sharing of hers goes all over the internet too. She makes comments on blog posts she likes, news stories she thinks are worth commenting on and just about anywhere else where she can provide encouragement for the one who has posted the work.

We were talking about this propensity of hers recently, and, she said she and her brother and sister were always sharing all the good things they liked with each other and others from an early age. It was just a part of their family dynamic to share. But then she said an interesting thing, she said that what all of them have found as they’ve gotten older and seen how people are, is that most people don’t share.

I asked her what she meant. She said that she’s found that most people don’t share if they’ve seen a good movie, read a good book, gone to a good restaurant, they just stay quiet and don’t say anything about it at all, which is really foreign to her because there’s no risk in sharing those sort of things.

She said she and her brother ands sister have often discussed this and they just don’t understand it at all, as she put it ‘Why wouldn’t you want to share good news?’

I don’t have an answer for that, because when you’re excited about something and it’s good, you naturally want to share it with someone, whether it’s a really good friend or just an acquaintance. But, for many of us the reality is even if we have the inclination to share something stops us, and, I’m sure for each of us that something is a little different.

Sharing good news should be as natural to us as breathing because it’s an exciting thing to share something good that we’re excited about with someone else, which includes sharing the good news of reconciliation with God through Christ. I mean, it just doesn’t get better than having a way to be in a relationship with the person who created everything, and the LORD is just so amazing that sometimes it’s hard not to talk about Him.

Yet, the reality is that we don’t talk about Him, or, for most of us, very much that we we’re really excited about and think is good, which makes you really think about the question, why don’t we share?

“This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God. It began just as the prophet Isaiah had written: “Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, and he will prepare your way. He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming! Clear the road for him!’”

Mark 1:1-3

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