“Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament.
Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to You I pray.
In the morning, Lord, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay
My requests before You and wait expectantly.”
Has there ever been a time when you just needed to be heard? You just needed someone to listen, knowing they probably didn’t have the answers to your problems. However, a heart of compassion and a genuine listening ear would at least serve as a “release valve” to your weary soul. A close friend who is able to offer the precious gift of simply listening and walking with us in true companionship along the journey are two of the greatest blessings we have from the Lord this side of heaven. The Psalmist found this attentive ear and close companionship with his Lord, along with the comfort that God had complete knowledge of David’s circumstances. He writes, “Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament (to mourn, or express sorrow). Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to You I pray.” David is clearly in a place of trials, pain, or deep sorrow in which he desires the comfort, presence, and assurance of His Lord as he pleads for help inviting Him into his circumstances. We also see that David recognizes God as his supreme authority who is in control and able to work in all circumstances as he refers to his heavenly Father as “my King and my God.” This statement by him emphatically recognizes God as the Lord over any and all things that could possibly touch David’s life.
With full assurance David writes, “In the morning, Lord, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait expectantly.” He is not merely praying and hoping for the best, but rather placing his full faith in the One he knows holds his very life in His hands. We too, can choose to pray with “expectancy,” and instead of worrying, be able to spend our time actively “waiting in assurance” on the Lord to move in our circumstances. For the Lord always knows what is best for us, yet it is in His perfect timing that we must remember He will move. A very wise mentor of mine in the faith shared with me long ago that, “The Lord doesn’t always move quickly, but when He is ready to move He will move suddenly, often when we least expect it.” Therefore, today do not lose hope nor lose heart, but keep seeking the Lord – inviting Him to be a part of every area of your life, and wait expectantly on Him, for He Hears Your Voice.
Connecting Faith & Life:
Father, today I thank You for the abundance of promises in Your word that assure us that You hear our cries for help. Whether we’re able to articulate very detailed specific prayers or simple “arrow prayers” shooting directly to You in our moments of desperation such as, “God help me!”, You promise that You are listening. May we draw nearer to You with our deepest needs and heart-felt requests knowing that You will not turn away, but understanding that You are intimately acquainted with every detail of our lives. Lord, in our weakest moments of trial, suffering, hardship, and pain may You give us the strength and grace we need to reach for Your loving hands to guide us out of darkness back into the light of Your living hope. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.