From Your Lips to God’s Ear

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“Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to You I pray.” Psalm 5:1-2

I have returned to a discipline I loved but pushed aside for the sake of time – journaling my prayers. This was the tool the Lord used early in my Christian walk to grow and strengthen my faith. I set it aside when my mornings got so packed. It’s just quicker to speak my prayers than to take the time to write them. But I missed it. I’m so glad that the Spirit called me back to pen and paper. One part of my prayer journaling each day is to write out a verse of Scripture, a word of praise or thanksgiving, or something that reflects my heart. This morning I chose Psalm 5:1-2. The sighing resonated with me. I do a lot of sighing these days.

But as I wrote these words something else struck me. Look at the three names David used to identify the One to whom he prayed: Lord, King, God. I don’t know about you but I can hardly get my own family to listen to me, and I know the President isn’t likely to take time to hear me out. But the Lord, the King of the Universe, Almighty God does! And all three of the verbs, “give ear, consider, and listen” don’t just mean that the sound of our voice vibrates God’s eardrums – it means He listens – He pays attention in order to respond. That’s pretty amazing, don’t you think? He who is seated on a throne in heaven cares about us and our needs. And one more thing – how close do you have to be to hear someone’s sigh? That’s how close God comes to you and me.

I took great comfort this morning in this verse as I wrote each word. The Lord, the King, God gives ear, hears, listens – to me. Beloved, I hope you also find comfort, strength, peace, and hope this morning in the realization that the Sovereign of Creation has drawn near to you, turned His head so that His ear is next to your lips, and is listening with a desire to respond to your cries – even your softest whimper. Oh, how He loves you!

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