Sunday, November 21, 2010

He Shall Hear My Voice

"Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: 
and He shall hear my voice." Psalms 55:17  

When we first read this beautiful declaration from David we think of prayer and of David's determination that he would pray "evening, and morning, and at noon", and this is a wonderful inspiration to receive from this verse.  There is also something else wonderful in this passage, the truth that the we have immediate access to the Divine Ear.
I work at a very unusual hospital.  It was founded by a husband and wife who wanted to establish a hospital that was very family-oriented, not just from the viewpoint of the patient, but from the staff as well.  They wanted the staff to feel like one big family.

I was amazed as a new employee to hear others call the Director of Nursing (as they were called back then) and even the Vice President of the hospital by their first names.  Never had I been employed by a hospital like that before!  I came to find out over the years, that every employee had access to the offices of the Chief Nursing Officer (as they are now called), the Vice Presidents and even the President of the hospital. 
There have been times I have walked down to Administration, stopped at the secretary's desk to see if the President was in and then immediately walked into his office to talk with him about one issue or another.  He would not be surprised for me to call him by his first name -- in fact I think he might be put off to be called "Mr." after all these years.  

This open door policy has been quite surprising to most new employees and also gives a feeling that those in Administration really care about the staff, and I know they do.  The want to "hear our voice" as it were.

Greater than that, as Christians, we have immediate access to the throne of the Living God.  At any moment, without announcement, preparation or ritualistic performance, we can "come boldly unto the throne of grace" and present our prayers of supplication, thanksgiving and praise.   What a comfort, what a peace to know that our God hears our voice.  Not only does He hear our voice, however, He delights in our prayers:

"The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: 
but the prayer of the upright is His delight. "Pro 15:8  

Let us keep these thoughts foremost on our minds.  Our Lord, the very God of the universe, delights in our prayers.  He gave His most beloved Son that we could have immediate access to His throne anytime, anywhere for anything.  
"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, 
that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." Heb 4:16 

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