I love the LORD because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath! - Psalms 116:1-2
I am simply taking time to rest in this verse today. There is so much to be thankful for when you read and meditate on it's truth.
The LORD is in action in this verse and it brings amazing confidence to the psalmist.
The LORD hears my voice amongst the billions he has created. He hears my praise, my cries, my frustrations just as I hear the voice of my son or daughter.
The LORD hears my prayer for mercy. This may be the most important type of prayer that I utter each day. A prayer of mercy is my acknowledgement as a leader, father, husband, and friend that I fall short - I put my will before His - I sin.
The LORD draws close to me - his presence is felt - he comes along beside me, puts his arm around me and draws me in so that I feel him next to me, listening to my every word. He is close even when I am not. Even when I get distracted with to-do lists, appointments, and deadlines - He is there bending down listening to the desires of my heart and confession of my soul.
Because of this, I show up each day to pray. I show up with confidence not in my words, my posture, my deeds, but with confidence in the fact that HE LISTENS.
I'm convicted today to spend less time talking, more time listening, and more time in prayer and fellowship with my LORD, who listens.
My LORD, thank you for listening to me even when I am confused, self-centered, and unable to express a need for your mercy. Holy Spirit, thank you for providing mercy, guidance, and conviction throughout my day. Draw me closer to you so that I may walk in your light. Jesus, teach me the way to rely only the mercy of God and nothing else for my peace and satisfaction, Amen.
- How much time each day do you put into meaningful conversation with the LORD?
- Is there an area of your life where you need to confess sin and accept the loving mercy of God?
- As a leader, where do you need to extend a listening ear and the hand of mercy to someone you love, lead, or serve?
Make it a great day!