I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my supplications.
Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.
Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I pray, save my life!”
Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful.
The Lord protects the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.
Return, O my soul, to your rest, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.
For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.
I walk before the Lord in the land of the living.
Food For Thought:
The line that stands out to me in this passage of Scripture is “I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my supplications.” When have you called out to the Lord and felt that God heard you? What is it like to call out to the Lord and feel like God isn’t listening? I’m not a big country fan, but I’ve always liked Garth Brooks. One of my favorite songs of his is Unanswered Prayers. In that song, a man prays to be with a certain woman for the rest of his life. It ends up that he and that woman part and years later he is looking at his wife and thanks God for the unanswered prayers. Sometimes we want for something to happen so badly, but God has something else in mind for us. God works in our lives even when we feel that God isn’t listening. God is always listening but may not answer in the way in which we imagined or wanted.
(This prayer comes from John Veltri, who was a priest and spiritual director during his lifetime).
Teach me to listen, O God, to those nearest me, my family, my friends, my co-workers.
Help me to be aware that no matter what words I hear, the message is, “Accept the person I am. Listen to me.”
Teach me to listen, my caring God, to those far from me– the whisper of the hopeless, the plea of the forgotten, the cry of the anguished.
Teach me to listen, O God my Mother, to myself. Help me to be less afraid to trust the voice inside — in the deepest part of me.
Teach me to listen, Holy Spirit, for your voice — in busyness and in boredom, in certainty and doubt, in noise and in silence.
Teach me, Lord, to listen. Amen.