Just this quick, encouraging thought this morning. David declared: “But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him” (Psalm 4:2). Our God really does hear our prayers, and he really does respond to them. Anytime, anywhere, at any point in the day, we can can speak to him and have confidence that he hears us and will respond. We can speak to him and say, “Thank you!” We can ask for his guidance, and he will give it. We can plead for mercy when we sin, and he shows mercy. We ask for our daily bread, and he gives it. We make our petitions, and he grants them. And, even when we do not understand his response to us, we know that he is good and wise and gives gifts to his children.
Oh, here’s another. In the same Psalm: “There are many who say, ‘Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!’ You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound” (Psalm 4:6,7). Isn’t that the way it is with the one who has the joy of the Lord! Others have their worldly stuff, but we have the Lord! We have the Lord! May I write that, one more time? We have the Lord!
The closing verses of Isaac Watts’ hymn “Lord, thou wilt hear me when I pray.”
I pay this ev’ning sacrifice;
And, when my work is done,
Great God, my faith and hope relies
Upon thy grace alone.
Thus with my thoughts compos’d to peace,
I’ll give mine eyes to sleep;
Thy hand in safety keeps my days,
And will my slumbers keep! -- Isaac Watts (18th century)