The Psalmist was one of the first to address God’s view on the broken hearted. According to Psalm 34:18, God promises to draw near the hurting and save those devastated by life’s trials. Jesus furthers God’s position within Matthew 11:28-30. A woman in Mark 14:3-5, takes Jesus’ words literally, bowing down before him, anointing his head. John’s version includes other details, as this same woman pours the remaining perfume on his feet, using her wash to thoroughly wash Jesus’ feet, John 12:3. Like a child who cries before being punished by their parents, desperate moments often resemble an altar of tears.
However, the prophet Malachi gives a different perspective of this picture. From God’s side of the altar, He does see the flood of tears, as people cry out for help, Malachi 2:13. On the other hand, God also sees disobedience, impure motives and half-hearted offerings. If the Lord is jealous, Exodus 20:5, anyone or anything which comes between you and God, creates a role reversal. Our Heavenly Father is the one who longs to spend time with you, knocking on the door or your heart, waiting to have fellowship with you, Revelation 3:20. Like a shepherd, searching for a lost sheep, God’s heart won’t be satisfied until you are found, Luke 15:6-7.
One of the greatest spectacles on earth occurs when a sinner repents, Luke 15:10. As a person attempts to make it in life on their own, breaking points vary. The independent tend to last the longest, content longer than most. The insecure often become co-dependent, on someone or something. However, when you reach that moment in time, where the void in the heart brings you to an altar of tears, Jesus is waiting with out-stretched arms, Matthew 11:28-30. Freedom is available for you right now, John 8:34-36, accessible by God’s grace, through a prayer and an alter of tears.
by Jay Mankus