One of the first prayers children learn is "God is great, God is good, let us thank him for this food."

Mom had just taught that prayer to her daughter. Unfortunately, she had also just taught her the "patty-cake" poem.

At Sunday dinner, Mom and Dad asked the little girl to pray for God's blessings upon the food. She was nervous--but managed to pray:

"God is great, God is good, roll him roll him throw him in the pan." Oops!


Ps 56:8
Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?


David was a young man at the time, but had faced many difficulties. He had been taken from his father's house to play the harp in Saul's court. Then he had taken food to his brothers in the army and been ridiculed. He had fought Goliath and beaten him, but Saul was angry because the people talked more of David than of Saul. Then Saul had driven David away, and he was now living in the wilderness. Constantly hunted by Saul's men, David faced fear every day. And I'm quite sure that sometimes David felt inept at prayer.

But prayer comforted him!

He knew that God knew every difficulty he faced when he ran from place to place. Thou tellest (Hebrew - caphar - or inscribe) my wanderings. Not only did God know where David was, He also "ordered his steps."

David also knew that God knew his sorrow, put thou my tears into thy bottle. When David was weeping, God was capturing the tears in a bottle. God took note of David's sorrow, and looked upon those sorrows with compassion.

God also wrote David's difficulties, are they not in thy book? God's record was kept so that He could comfort David according to the number of his afflictions.

Dear believer, be sure that God knows where you are, and what you are facing each day. God captures your tears and keeps a record of your difficulties. He keeps a record both of your sorrow for sin, and your sorrow from the world.

When you are traveling through this life and weeping, God is capturing your tears to remember you with His love and compassion. And He is writing a record to give you "grace for grace," poured out immeasurably as comfort to your soul.

You will go nowhere that God is not with you.
You will face no adversity without His strength being available for you.
And each sorrow you face will be accompanied by His comforting love.

Like the little girl in the joke above, your prayers may not always be perfect.
But, be assured, God's love is always perfect!

Our imperfection in prayer is met by His perfection in love!

Love ya,