As I unfold the Word of God this morning, I realize that one word seems to be prominent: LISTEN
Listening is a skill; it take practice.
We are looking at a Psalm today that was written by King David. Did you know that David is known as a man who is after the heart of God? I have found myself over the years, desiring more and more of the heart of God.
Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer; answer me, for I need your help.
Protect me, for I am devoted to you. Save me, for I serve you and trust you.
You are my God. Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am calling on you constantly.
Give me happiness, O Lord, for I give myself to you.
O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.
Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord; hear my urgent cry. (NLT)
Have you ever found yourself in the same predicament as David? Realizing you need His help; asking for protection?
Sometimes we forget who God really is and we get off on a trail by ourselves and realize that we have wandered far off from Him. We remember His unfailing love. Maybe even remember that we have not listened to Him in a long time and desire for Him to hear our urgent cries.
I am drawn to verse four: “Give me happiness, O Lord, for I give myself to you. (NLT)
When I looked at those words, I wondered what it meant to give myself to Him. I looked at the Hebrew meaning for these words and the basic meaning is “lifting up my soul” to the Lord:
“Do I lift up” – OT:5375 Nasa’ (naw-saw’) arise; bring forth; burn; desire
“My soul” – OT:5315 nephesh (neh’=fesh) a breathing creature both bodily and mentally
When did your soul last burn and desire to be with the Lord – to listen to Him ?
Life is hard without Him. This year, 2020, is not a year any of us expected. It has been a tough year for all people. There has been a shifting into a fork in the road and decisions need to be made in what direction we will go. Will we choose the right path – God’s path or will we venture off away from Him?
Heavenly Father, it has indeed been a tough year for so many. We have lost our direction; we have lost touch with the Creator of All Things. Lord, I pray that you remind us that we have ventured off by ourselves and have forgotten you. Hear our cries, Father, as we cry out not even knowing what we really need. May our hearts once again, burn for you – deep down into our souls. May we heed your words and desire your ways, I pray. I ask this in Christ Jesus’ name, Amen.