Beause He Hears Me – Psalm 116

Posted: December 20, 2010 in Uncategorized

“I love the Lord, because he hears my voice and my pleas for mercy. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call upon him as long as I live.”

There are several reasons we love God and should love God. But one reason is evident here: because he hears us.

In a world of people too busy to help, too busy to listen, too concerned with their own dilemmas, the God who saves, the God who redeems, the God who delivers, the God who restores awaits to listen to you and your plea for mercy and your cry for help.

The imagery which the Hebrew elicits for us here is the picture of God himself figuratively bending down to us, with his ear right next to us, willing and ready to listen. Our God is a personal God! An intimate God! Who is interested in you, for who you are.

“The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.

Have you anything to call upon God for today? Such as his will for your life? Perhaps you are finding yourself tired from the frenetic pace the Christmas season brings and need strength. Maybe you’re in a trial or tragedy. The Lord God listens during these times, the times when we suffer from distress and anguish, with the intentions of acting on our behalf (see also, Psalm 5:3).

“Then I called on the name of the Lord: ‘O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!’ Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful.”

It’s not guaranteed the Lord will deliver you from your every perplexity in life. For it just may be that through enduring it, he has you find deliverance. Nevertheless, it is a guarantee he awaits to listen to our plea. Often times we turn to all others, except the One whose helping hand in our life offers true efficacious change, strength, and healing.

This week, with everything in life, I encourage you to take great comfort in the fact that the God of heaven and earth awaits to listen to you. May we call upon him and bring to him our whole life as a plea, thus finding him righteous and merciful. And at this, because God is a listener, may we also be willing to listen more often than speak to our brother and sister in Christ, as well as to others.

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