Incline Your Ear, O Lord

Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God. Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day. Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace. In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me.” Psalm 86:1-7

I recently had a disturbing conversation that left me tight inside with consternation, sadness, a touch of fear. I knew the only One to Whom I should go, and bent my knee to cry out to Him, my Master. I was poor in understanding, needy for sense, right thinking, and appropriate words. While a storm brewed in my soul, I called out to the LORD of all weather. (John 6:68)

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Lifting my soul to Jesus presents me at His throne, a place of trust in His might, gladness at His rule, instruction from His wisdom, rest in His royal domain. At His feet I find grace to help in time of need, cleansing from corrupt motives and emotions, hope in desperation. He hears my cry and listens to my heart. He discerns all that is between the lines and that I cannot articulate. He translates my confusion into clarity, and brings light to clouded darkness, and He always, always answers. (Psalm 26:2; Hebrews 4:16)

“What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer!                                                      Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness take it to the Lord in prayer.                                                 Are we weak and heavy-laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge— Take it to the Lord in prayer;
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? Take it to the Lord in prayer;
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee, thou wilt find a solace there.”                             ~Charles Crozat Converse (1834-1918)

What griefs, fears, confusion weigh heavy today? Where am I lacking, poor, bereft? What stomach knots need calming, fiery emotions need cooling, resistances need softening? What hinders my moving forward, responding with confidence, progressing in growth? Would I name them all, seek first almighty God, and trust Him to incline His ear to me and provide for all my needs? (Matthew 6:33-34; Philippians 4:6-7,19,23)

Great and wondrous God, I spread out my hands to You. Omniscient, You know each of my needs, and omnipotent, You hear and answer and supply. All glory to You, Caretaker of my soul and every cry. (Psalm 86:10; 88:9; Matthew 6:8; 11:28)

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