by Daniel Rodgers

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Tears of Joy (1 of 6)
Series: Tears for Every Occasion
Dan Rodgers
Psalm 56:8
April 17, 2003

1. Solomon said in Eccl 3:4, there is "A time to weep, and a time to laugh"


2. This evening I want to begin a six-part series on the subject of tears, "Tears for Every Occasion." This evening's message will be on the "Tears of Joy."

3. What is a tear anyway? A tear is basically water and salt, along with a little calcium and a few other chemicals that help lubricate our eyes.

ILLUS: Because I use contact lenses, my eyes sometimes become a little dry-especially in the evening. I have a little tiny pocketsize bottle of "re-wetting tears." You might call it "tears in a bottle." When I need to lubricate my eyes, I simply place a few drops in my eyes, and I'm ready to go.

Did you know that God keeps all our tears stored up in a bottle? He knows about every tear, every pain, every disappointment-and He keeps record of it. We should never think for a moment that God is not aware of our tears or that He does not care. He does.

In the Psalms we are told, "The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit" (Psalm 34:17-18).

3. Have you ever given serious thought about tears? I mean, why do we weep anyway? We all shed tears from time to time-physical pain, the loss of a loved one, the disappointment over the losing something important to us. People cry for many reasons.

QUOTE: I like best Dr. M. R. DeHann's definition of a tear: "A tear is a distillation of the soul. It is the deepest longing of the human heart in chemical solution. It is the concentrated extract, the final precipitate of the deepest feelings of the heart, filtered through the sieve of trail and testing. True tears are not camouflage but the picture of the soul on the canvass of the emotions. They are the portraits of o ...

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