God hears me; and when I listen to the cry of the suffering around me, I am listening to what God hears.

Scripture:   Psalm 10:17 NIV  You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry

Observation:    What a wonderful thing to know:  God hears.  And it is not just the powerful or the loud that God hears.  He hears the heart cry of the weak and sickly.  He does not just hear; he listens.  Their cry is not just noise to be ignored; he understands what they are saying.                

Application:     It is good to be reminded that God hears.  First, He hears me when I am in trouble or discouraged.  Others may not have time to listen or may not understand, but God has the time and He understands!   Second, He hears the same cries I hear.  I am limited in resources and understanding.  I often do not know how to respond, but God is not limited and He understands perfectly.  He can use me or someone else.  When I hear the cry of the afflicted or the discouraged my ears are tuned in to what God hears. 

Prayer:   Lord,  I remember how Ethel Waters used to sing about your eye being on the sparrow.  I know you are watching me and I know you hear me.  Amen  


Pastor Leon 
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