Psalm 34 is like a delicious banquet. There are so many encouraging verses. As I was reading it yesterday I noted how God hears. What a blessed truth. He does not have selective hearing!
Verse 4 says, “I sought the Lord and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” Verse 6 says, “This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.”
Verse 15 says, “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.” Verse 17 says, “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.”
Psalm 4 was written by David. Verse 3 says, “But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly, the Lord will hear when I call to Him.” Psalm 17:6 says, “I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God; incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech.”
I want to take you to a scene. You can read the whole story in Mark 10:46-52. There was a great multitude. Think about this because multitudes are usually noisy.
Bartimaeus was a blind beggar. He heard a commotion and asked those near him what was happening. When he heard that it was Jesus, he cried out. Verse 47 says, “….he began to cry out and say, Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
I love verse 49. It says, “So Jesus stood still…” I’m so thankful for this story. It infuses me with strength. It empowers me to endure. It reinforces my hope. When we cry out, Jesus not only hears, but He zeros in on our cry.
I’ve watched it happen. We can be in a crowd of folks talking. All of a sudden a child cries out. It is a cry that the parents of that child immediately recognize. Everything stops and they run to see what is wrong.
In the Lord, we have something totally unique to His character. Isaiah 65:24 says, “It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.”
I want you to think back how many countless times the Lord orchestrated your need before you asked. It is His speciality. He is our Master Orchestrator. He knows our need and sets everything in motion to fulfill it through our relationship with Him.
As we are quiet before the Lord, our hearts commune. He knows! He cares! He provides! Even though He knows every thought before we think it, He still bids us to share them with Him.
Psalm 62:8 says, “Trust Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” Here is another of my favorites. Psalm 119:147 says, “I rise before the dawning of the morning, and cry for help; I hope in Your word.”