Weeping in the night happens to many. Weeping in the night is truly a sad and lonely experience. Our heart aches with defeat, feeling hope-LESS, whenever we weep in the night.
Whatever the reason for such sadness, weeping in the night often results from the darkness and confusion of sin — either the sin of others, or our own sins.
Weeping in the night may be due to grief, confusion, mourning, or anxiety and discouragement. For some, weeping comes from unanswered prayers, from an overwhelming feeling of despair!
The darkness of sin will ultimately cause grief and weeping! Sin is a weight and a burden to everyone, but especially to those whose heart desires to do what is right and good, and to be of an upright spirit.
Sometimes I feel like doing what the prophet Nehemiah did. When he heard of the sorrowful and distressing news about his beloved city, Jerusalem, he sat down and wept, mourning and praying before the God of heaven (Nehemiah 1:4).
I too mourn over the senseless tragedies that are so frequent these days. Surely we are living in the days known as “perilous times.”
The tragedies and injustices that are happening all around us, tell us that society, in general, is out of order. The trubulent, senseless violence is an indicator that foundational truths have eroded. The righteous are weeping, distraught and shaken (Psalms 11:3).
These days are as the days of Noah, and as the days of Lot, before their destruction! (See 2Timothy 3:1-5; Luke 17:26-30.)
These are days of turmoil, with confusion on every level. There is no doubt that we are approaching the Day of Yahuwah [‘Day of the LORD’] which is “a Day of darkness and of gloominess” and a Day “great and very terrible,” as the prophet Joel tells us (Joel 2:1-2;10-11).
Two Kinds of Weeping
There are those who weep in the night over the many senseless tragedies of these times. They are weeping and crying in the night, begging Yahuwah [the LORD] for His mercy to spare His people, and to protect His children and His servants (Joel 2:17; Malachi 3:17).
These are crying out to Father to guard His people, and hide them from the evil one. These are looking to Yahuwah’s goodness, to have compassion on His people — trusting that He will answer our prayers (Joel 2:17-19).
Father’s eye is on those who are weeping with grief over these troubled times. Just as the prophets, Nehemiah and Daniel, this group of weeping ones set their heart to seek Yahuwah with prayers and fastings, praying for mercy. They go to the throne of grace continually!
These are weeping with groanings and mourning, confessing sins — their own, or the sins of others. Some feel like they live in a perpetual day of Yom Kippur, crying out for Father’s mercy.
But there is another group of those who weep in the night.
This other group is weeping over the confusion and suffering within their own life. These are weeping in the night because of personal afflictions, which is most likely, the chastening of Yahuwah (Psalms 89:30-32).
Perhaps our own afflictions are Father’s attempts to correct us. Often Father’s discipline comes as an affliction of some sort. Afflictions are meant to get our attention, meant to humble us, and bring us back to Yahuwah, back into obedience to Him.
If we are weeping in the night because of the chastening of Yahuwah, then dear “Thirsty Soul,” do not despise His correction. Father’s discipline is confirmation of His love for us!
Father corrects us for our good and for our growth (Hebrews 12:5-11; Psalms 119:71)! Afflictions help us repent of our pride and rebellion: “Blessed is the man whom You chasten, O Yahuwah [LORD], and whom You teach out of Your law [Torah]” (Psalms 94:12).
If we are weeping in the night because of our own sufferings, then it may be time to heed Jeremiah’s exhortation: “Let us search and try [examine] our ways, and turn again to Yahuwah” (Lamentations 3:40). The benefit of our weeping comes when we begin to honestly examine our ways, begin to make adjustments, and return to following God!
How Do We Return?
Father’s written Word [the Bible] is our only answer for hope and peace of mind. Nothing else will satisfy our hurting soul.
Each of us must personally apply Yahuwah’s Word to our heart and actions, and begin living it out. We must personally accept the rescue that Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] offers us. We need to accept God’s written Word as our guiding light in all we do, and determine to bring our life into harmony and agreement with the Words of the Bible.
We begin to adjust our heart’s focus, and decide to be of a willing and obedient spirit to Father’s Word, earnestly seeking to have a teachable heart. We lay down any self-seeking spirit and stubbornness, and seek only the will of the Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God]! (For more understanding on keeping Father’s Word, see links below.)
I Have Heard Thy Prayer
Father is looking for those who are in prayer, turning to Him with weeping. He is looking for those who weep, grieving over troubles and sufferings, either over the sorrows of others, or over their own sorrows. But again I say, applying God’s written Word to our own behaviour is the only thing that can bring us hope and comfort, no matter what the reasons are for our weeping.
When Hezekiah had been weeping and praying from grief, Yahuwah told him: “I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears” (Isaiah 38:5)! This is a promise that we can personally take hold of! Our Mighty One, Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], hears the cries of His humble children. He hears our weeping and our supplications, and will receive our prayers (see Psalms 6:6-9).
This word of promise is what gives us hope for the joy that will eventually come to us in the morning — the joy of the Bright and Morning Star! “… Yahuwah [the LORD] shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee” (Psalms 30:5; see Revelation 22:16; Isaiah 60:2).
Let us begin to read and study Father’s written Word, humbly, and persistently cling to His promises. As we saw in Where Can I Find Help, to build up our confidence and hope, it is important to encourage ourselves by proclaiming Father’s Promises out loud:
And they that know Your name will put their trust in You: for You, Yahuwah, have NOT forsaken them that seek You. (Psalms 9:10)
For Yahuwah will NOT cast off His people, neither will He forsake His inheritance. (Psalms 94:14)
Let Israel hope in Yahuwah: for with Yahuwah there is mercy, and with Him is plenteous redemption. (Psalms 130:7)
The above verses remind us that Yahuwah [the LORD] will not forsake His people! – including those who are ‘grafted’ into Israel! With Him is love, and acceptance for who we are and where we are! With Him is plenteous redemption, mercy, and grace! (See alsoPsalms 33:18; 37:25, 28; 146:5; Jeremiah 17:7; Lamentations 3:26)
Our times of weeping may endure for a night, but Yahuwah will not forsake those who seek Him!
Let us remember also, that sorrow is good for us: Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance, the heart is made better (Ecclesiastes 7:3). Our sorrows help us to draw closer to Father, seeking His guidance and comfort and hope.
Though we may be weeping in the night, let us trust Yahuwah’s lovingkindness and the faithfulness of His powerful, written Word!
We can depend on His written Word which tells us that He rewards His faithful, humble, and obedient children (1Corinthians 2:9; Hebrews 11:6)!
- Beauty of Repentance – Come clean before God!
- Spiritual warfare: Breaking the power of sin
- Examples of How God’s Word is a Light For Our Path
- Enduring Our Trials
- No Discipline Seems Pleasant
- Joshua and Caleb
- Sorrows and the Holy Spirit
- The Wise and Foolish Virgins
- Whom Father Loves, He Corrects
- Light Arises in the Darkness for the Upright
- Yom Kippur – 1 hour video teaching by Natan Lawrence
- Keeping The Fifth Commandment: Honouring Our Parents