God's bag and bottle
(Thomas Brooks, "Paradise
"My transgression is
sealed up in a bag,
and You sew up my iniquity." Job 14:17
"You keep track of all my sorrows.
collected all my tears in your bottle. You have
recorded each one in Your book." Psalm
counted all those weary steps which David took
in passing through those great forests, when he fled
from Saul. While David was hunted up and down like
a partridge, and chased out of every bush, and was
driven from one country to another—God was all
this while, a-noting down and a-numbering of all
his sorrows, and a-bottling up all his tears, and
a-booking down all his sighs!
Not a single tear of mine is ever lost, but kept safe
in God's bottle—as so much sweet water.
God is said in Scripture to have a bag and a bottle:
a bag for our sins, and a bottle for our tears. And
that we would all labor to fill His bottle with our tears
of repentance, as we have filled His bag with our sins!