Psalm 27: 1, 4-9 v 7 “Hear me as I pray, O Lord. Be merciful and answer me!”
Why should I be afraid? Why should I tremble? The one thing I ask of the Lord – the one thing I seek most- is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple. Hear me as I pray, O Lord. Be merciful and answer me!” My heart responds “Lord I am coming” Don’t abandon me, O God of my salvation.”
With aging comes many challenges and communicating with seniors can require clear and often an increased volume. When at work one day I had had several seniors in a row who required such care and then the next gentleman asked me why was I shouting at him? Some days we can feel that God is not listening and like David in this psalm we are trembling and afraid as we feel hidden from the one thing, we want to be close to “delighting in the Lord.” And we raise our volume and repeat “Hear me as I pray, O Lord. Be merciful and answer me!” complete with exclamation marks. We forget the traits we are trying to emulate as shown by Jesus. To be humble, patient, forbearing, loving, encouraging, kind, compassionate and forgiving. So yes our humanness can be seen as described by David in this psalm as we wonder if God hears us and we try and increase the volume to make sure He hears!
The simple answer is He does hear. There is no need to shout. Just continue on trying to be humble, patient, forbearing, loving, encouraging, kind, compassionate and forgiving and He will answer you. He has always been your helper.
Prayer: Holy God, thank you for always listening to our prayers. I am sorry that I sometimes shout , as I am frustrated and angry about a situation I am in. Help me to be quiet and forgiving and kind as I patiently wait for your answer. Amen.