Overflow With Tears

On a recent Sunday I was doing my daily devotion.  Psalm 6 and Jeremiah 14 were in the queue.  What God had me see was interesting.

I am exhausted as I groan;
all night long I drench my bed in tears;
my tears saturate the cushion beneath me.

Psalm 6:6

All night long I drench my bed in tears.  I made a note on the verse.  I do not think I could cry all night long.  I have groaned all night before.  I remember a night recently where I knew the debauchery that was going on in someone’s life.  This caused lots of groaning while in and out of sleep throughout the night.

Tell these people this, Jeremiah:
‘My eyes overflow with tears
day and night without ceasing.
For my people, my dear children, have suffered a crushing blow.
They have suffered a serious wound.’

Jeremiah 14:17

God’s eyes overflow with tears day and night without ceasing.  I just do not think my body could handle that – physically or emotionally.  I am not sure I have said this before but there are days I want to avoid prayer so I can avoid the emotional response.  The tears may not be physical but they are there emotionally.  It is as if God is saying – it is OK to cry for these people.  I will be with you and give you the strength you need.  I will keep you and protect you just like I do through your own personal pain.  Still I am apprehensive and doubt God’s faithfulness or maybe it is fear – probably both.

When I postpone prayer to postpone the anguish, am I being obedient?  Of course not.  I pray for His strength to help me pray the prayers I need to pray.