Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | September 2, 2015

September 2, 2015 “Can You Hear Me Now?”

“But know that the Lord has set apart the godly man for Himself;
The Lord hears when I call to Him.” (Psalm 4:3)

Good Morning Followers of Christ!

I heard a story of a man who was convinced that his wife’s hearing was diminishing. To give credence to his conclusion, he decided to administer a little “test”. One day as she sat in the living room, he tiptoed behind her and whispered, “can you hear me?” There was no response. A bit louder, he said once again, “Honey, do you hear me now?” Still no response. Then in a loud voice he yelled, “Honey, can you hear me?” Silence. Finally, he stood right in front of her and in the loudest voice he could muster declared, “Honey, can you hear me now?” His obviously agitated wife shouted, “Yes, for the fourth time, I hear you!” It seems that he, not his wife, was the one with the hearing problem.

Our Lord has no such difficulty hearing us when “godly people” call out to him. From the earliest chapters of scripture, we discover that people sin. Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden. As a consequence, death, murder, deceit, and every evil thing permeated the world and does to this very day. In Romans, Paul reminds us that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Understanding this, when I read from Psalm 4 that ““the Lord has set apart the godly for himself”, I wonder who these godly people are! Aren’t “godliness” and “sinfulness” opposites? How can one be considered godly and sinful at the same time? Obviously, there must be a distinction…a way to be considered godly even in our sinful state of being. There is! The godly are those who are faithful and devoted to God. To be faithful and devoted to God does not mean we lead a sinless life. Only Jesus did that. But faith and devotion come with the very understanding that we ARE sinful and needful of God’s forgiveness, which he graciously provides. Think of it like this: all of us growing up were disobedient to our parents at one time or another. This disobedience did not mean we were no longer a part of the family or that our parents no longer loved us. On the contrary…when we were disobedient, our parents disciplined us that we might learn proper behavior and lead more “godly” lives. In the writing of this Psalm, David knew that God would hear him when he called, for he was “a man after God’s own heart.” David, though sinful, was nonetheless considered “godly” and remained faithful and devoted to God.

Like David, we can also be confident that God listens to, hears, and answers our prayers when we call on him. Sometimes we may think that God won’t answer us because we have fallen short of his high standards for living and doesn’t hear us.  But if we have trusted in Christ, we know that God has forgiven us and he will listen to us. When you feel that your prayers are going no higher than the ceiling, remember that you are chosen by God, set apart and beloved. Look at your problems in the light of His power instead of looking at them in the shadow they cast upon you. Yes,   you can be quite certain that God does not have a hearing problem, so let’s pray!

Glorious, Gracious God; Remind us of the value you place upon each one of us. remind us that You sent Your Son to die for us on the cross of Calvary that we might be Yours forever. Remind us that You hear us when we call to You in prayer. In Jesus’ Holy Name we pray. Amen!

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