Carly focused on 4:8 last time and it’s worth a second look.
“Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; be gracious to me and hear my prayer.” (4:1)
“The LORD hears when I call Him.” (4:3)
“Give ear to my words, O LORD, Consider my groaning.” (5:1)
“The LORD has heard my supplication, the LORD receives my prayer.” (6:9)
I am familiar with this back and forth. The initial desperate plea to be heard, quickly followed by the assurance, He has heard. What an incredible experience. What gives David this assurance the LORD has heard Him? How do I know? Sometimes I know, because of the peace which subsequently floods my heart. Other times, it’s a response, an answer, the answer I was looking for.
My soul is very thankful to be in the Psalms. Why is the winter such a time for reflection, lament and mourning? Seasons are weird, but necessary. I think the psalms help me navigate those complicated emotions. I’m a late-Spring into-Summer person. I like to avoid dark, cold winters. I can easily get that Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This winter, I’m trying to be better at embracing the season, and facing all that it is. For this, I am glad the psalms are here for the journey.
Above all, extremely thankful that ours is the God who Hears.