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No Food, Only Tears

Anchor Devotional - 09.04.18

“My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, ‘Where is your God?’”

Psalm 42:3

Though it would be nice to think it so, not all of life is happy. The sorrows we face are numerous and come in many forms: betrayal, loneliness, danger, failure, and fear. These experiences parallel those of God’s people in the Psalms. There we find believers who are overwhelmed, cast down, and overflowing with tears. Psalm 42 is one such place.

The psalmist says he’s not even eating, only crying. “My tears have been my food day and night.” Similarly in Psalm 6, David says he has cried so much that he is “weary with moaning,” that his bed is drenched with his tears.

Perhaps you’ve had days when even the desire for food is gone, days when you are weary from anxiety, nights when your pillow is wet with tears. You are not alone. God, whose Spirit has put these words into the hearts of the psalmists, knows how you feel. You can trust Him with your burdens. Jesus is the man of sorrows, the Son of God who came to bring you hope. Say to your soul, “Hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God” (v. 11).

Scripture Focus

Psalm 42


When you taste salty tears as they run down your cheek, let them make you long for the soul-satisfying waters of the living God.

Read the Bible

  • Ecclesiastes 5-6
  • Psalm 65
  • John 5