The Valley of Tears

As I was reading Psalm 84 today I was drawn to the way God turns tears into refreshing springs for those who live in God’s presence and who find their strength in Him. It doesn’t say that there won’t be tears, but that those tears can be transformed and can transform us when we put our faith and trust in Jehovah-Shalom – the LORD, our peace.

Blessed are those who dwell with God, in His holy presence,

who continually praise Him from sunrise to sunset.

Blessed are those whose strength is in the Lord,

whose hearts are set on a journey toward Him.

As they pass through the Valley of Tears,

it will become a place of refreshing springs

the autumn rains also will cover it with pools of refreshing waters.

They move from strength to strength

till each of them appears before God in glory.

Psalm 84:4-7 – Paraphrased