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She Hears Everything

May 10, 2011

Ultimately, there is no greater example of a parent to point to than God.  Because listen, some have great situations at home…parents that love with a reckless abandon, the prodigious love that overflows despite all our shortcomings and our outright failings.  But some of you don’t have that all.  You know nothing of stability…nothing of love that is present, love that is given freely, and love that reaches beyond any moment in time…good or bad.  So in light of Mother’s day, let’s look at the example that God set forth in Himself, that we might know what love is.

If you will, and I pray you will, take just a moment and read through Psalm 34:15-22.

There is a popular misconception floating around out there that God doesn’t really care.  Whether it is in the form of a god who doesn’t require justice, or a god who sort of kicked this whole thing into motion and is just sitting back watching the spectacle unfold, we are being fed this idea that God is somehow disconnected.  He is the lazy dad who lays on the couch watching Sportscenter while the kids cry out for attention.  The reality is that this could not be further from the truth…the Biblical picture of God stands in stark contrast to this conception.

In this text we see a God who is not only engaged in the story, He is actively participating.  Using the best descriptive language he had at his disposal, King David says, “The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry.”  This is a God who is involved.  He is interested…He’s invested…He has a concern for the well-being of His people…and He is not discreet about it.  This picture is anything but that of a passive observer.  You can’t help but see the image of a parent (for the sake of Mother’s day, we’ll say a mom) watching over her children.  Mother’s don’t miss anything when it comes to their kids.  They might look like they are just talking, but you let their kid cry for help from the top of the McDonald’s playground, and they morph into Edmund Hillary and are up there.

This is a beautiful image of our God.  Verse 17 says, “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.”  It’s not that He hears and hopes for the best.  God doesn’t have to hope for the best…He is a deliverer…it’s what He does.  When we feel pain, doubt, fear…when we’re brokenhearted, our spirits crushed…even at those darkest moments, the Lord hears our cry and is our refuge.  Even the name He gave of Himself to Moses screams of a present and active God.  Yahweh, “I am”…He didn’t say “I did”, or “I was”…He said “I am.”  We tend to qualify ourselves based on what we have done, or might do.  God simply says, “I am”…right now…the Lord of right now, and every right now that has ever been.

Don’t fall for the trick…God hasn’t gone anywhere.  If we’re honest, it’s probably more that we have turned away from Him.  Here’s the thing about that…just like a true mother with her child…our God will never leave us or forsake us.  Don’t forget His covenant promise.  God said, “I will be your God, and you will be my people.”  That wasn’t just a good line…that’s the promise…and God keeps His promises.

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