A psalm of David.
1 I call to you, Lord, come quickly to me;
hear me when I call to you.
- A psalm of David
o A Psalm is a song
o God knows man remembers songs
o He made Psalms (songs) so will memorize the words & remember them
- David was a man after God’s own heart
o Yet He sinned with Bathsheba
o Yet He sinned against Uriah
o His faith went to great heights and then into the valley of the shadow of death
o Yet in spite of all this David’s name means “beloved”
o So too, in spite of all my faults and in inspite of all your faults, God still loves you and call us His “beloved”.
o It is the same term used by a man and a wife especially when engaged
o God also calls the church His bride
o He truly loves you and wants to be with you for all eternity
- I call to you, Lord, come quickly to me
o Do you call to God?
§ Like a mom calling her kids at dinner time?
§ Do you expect a reply?
§ Do you expect them to come running (quickly – a quick response)
- Hear me when I call to you
o This is another request
o To hear us; to include His hear and listen with interest & intent
o Sometimes we are so busy we don’t listen either
§ We are too busy looking at our phones
§ To really listen means to pay attention to what is said and consider its meaning and what action should taken from the heart
§ This requires focus
o Do you want God focus on what you say & respond?
§ Then ask Him to incline His ear or listen
§ Believe once you ask Him that He will and He is!
- Have you been praying about something and you are not sure if God heard you?
o Sometimes we think delays mean no answer
o Sometimes we think delays means no
o Do you say a prayer like you order fast food?
§ You say it real quick and expect a real quick answer
§ Or do you say it with reverence, respect, adoration & anticipation
2 May my prayer be set before you like incense;
may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
- May my prayer be set before you like incense
o This requires preparation
o This requires it goes up for some amount of time (it’s not fast)
o This requires that smells good
§ Full of words spoken with a contrite heart or a heart in submission
- May the lifting of my hands be like the evening sacrifice
o Interesting point
o Do you life your hands to the Lord?
§ When was the last time you did?
o Are you reaching up toward God with adoration and praise & thanks?
o If you are not accustomed to lifting hands with thanks & praise why should He listen to your next prayer (you haven’t thanked Him for the last one!)
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