Psalm 81 highlights one of the rarest art forms. Which one? Why the art of listening, of course! Hard to come by. Not often experienced.
Like when you’re talking with someone who can’t wait to jump in and cut you off with their own story, usually something much better or much worse than what you’ve been sharing. Or those who ask the same questions over-and-over again, letting the cat-out-of-the-bag that they never did listen to you in the first place.
Someone would write me long letters each week inspired by listening to my Sunday sermons. I must have been utterly profound! When I read her letters, I instantly realized that she hadn’t heard one point in my sermon. Nothing. She wanted me to listen to her. Oh well…!
From Psalm 81, we discover that God is good at listening. It’s what He does and what He wants from us. Verse 7–‘In distress you called, and I delivered you; I answered you…’ Verse 8–‘Hear, O my people…if you would listen to me!’ He listens. Do we?
The Bible is where we hear directly from God. The most purchased book by far. Every year’s best-seller. Yet, knowledge of God’s Word diminishes with each passing day. Must be that people have shut their ears to the Lord. Even believers know so little of the Bible.
Why is that? Not rocket science to figure out that distractions and entertainments have sapped our time with Him. Today is Christmas Eve. Focus on Jesus, God’s precious gift. Listen to Him. Can we? Will we?
Our church choir loved to sing this song– ‘Listen, Jesus is Calling You’? Prods us to open our plugged ears. To hear Him. As Jesus says in John 10:3–‘The sheep hear his voice…’ He is the Good Shepherd. We, who believe in Him, are His sheep.
How are we primarily recognized? By hearing Him. Paying attention. Hanging on to His every Word. Not keeping our Bibles dusted, in ‘mint condition’. But giving Him the time He’s due. Really putting Christ in Christmas. Did you hear that?
Prayer: Lord, we are so grateful that you hear us. May we spend more time listening to you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.