Listening and Responding

Psalm 88 describes someone with a deep faith who is used to going to God every day in prayer.

Every day I call upon you, O Lord;
I spread out my hands to you. (vs. 9)

But I, O Lord, cry to you;
in the morning my prayer comes before you. (vs. 13)

But there are times when life takes a turn for the worse, when the world becomes gloomy. When the soul becomes downcast and it seems that even God is against you.

O Lord, why do you cast my soul away?
Why do you hide my face from me? (vs. 14)

Do you then cry out to God day and night like the Psalmist?

O Lord, God of my salvation;
I cry out day and night before You.
Let my prayer come before You;
incline Your ear to my cry!
~Psalm 88:1-2

Even though this Psalm is filled with despair, the psalmist reassures us that God is a listening God who does listen whenever you and I need to be heard most.  Moreover, God responds by inclining his ear toward our cries.

God is not only a listening God, but a responding God who acts.
~Robert McAfee Brown

Thanks be to God who listens and responds whenever we cry out.

One thought on “Listening and Responding

  1. sharon meyer says:

    How fortunate that we have a faith that encourages us to cry out to a loving God and assures us that we are heard and loved and that we are comforted. This faith is a great gift we must not take for granted and give thanks for always and in every fiber of our being.

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