Bottled in Heaven!

(Charles Orr, "Incense from Golden Vials")

"The Lord has heard the voice of my weeping!" Psalm 6:8. There is a prayer of tears. What speaks more loudly to our hearts, than tears?

Israel's sweet psalm-singer once said when in earnest, tearful prayer, "You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in Your bottle! You have recorded each one in your book!" Psalm 56:8. Tears add much to the fragrance of prayer. The tears which are set flowing by the emotions of the heart — are bottled in Heaven and written in God's book!

O dear praying saint, pray on! Never will one tear be lost! It is too precious! Diamonds and pearls are mere trifles — compared with your tears! Never a word of your prayer, however feeble it may seem to be — will fail to reach the ear of God! Amid the many prayers that are ascending to the throne of grace from this lower world, and amid the noise of angels' shouts and songs — He will catch the sweet strain of your feeble heart-cry, and record it in Heaven! The perfume of a prayer is never lost!