This emoji is said to be the most popular across the world. In fact, the tears of joy emoji was named, “word of the year,” in 2015 by Oxford Dictionary. It is one I use often to denote intense emotion. Emoji is Japanese for “picture character” and originated on Japanese mobile phones in the late nineties. I always assumed that this word had something to do with our word, “emotion.” But the resemblance is just a coincidence!
If the emoji had been around when today’s verse was written, the face with tears of joy could have been used! The Israelites were allowed to go back to their land and rebuild their temple after years of captivity. The shouts of joy and sound of weeping mingled together as the foundation was laid. All work stopped as they erupted in praise to the Lord for His goodness and His love (verse 11). It was a bittersweet moment remembering the glory days of the former temple. The emotions expressed were so intense that the noise was heard from far away.
There are beautiful moments in life that are so intense that joy mingles with tears. But no emotion is quite as intense for me as those moments of closeness with my Creator. When I realize my desperate condition and at the same time, take hold of His grace, there are tears of joy. When I praise Him in song I often cannot stop those tears. In Heaven there are not supposed to be tears but I cannot imagine such deep joy without them!
Thank you Lord, for tears of joy in Your presence!