“Bow down your ear to me” (Psalm 31.2a)
David knew that wherever he was and whatever his circumstances, he was in God’s hearing. “Bow down.” “Turn in this direction,” he is asking. Put your ear up to my mouth. He is asking for God’s close attention because His ear is attentive to the cry of His children.
This request seems to reveal how feeble David was at this time. We generally put our ears near the mouth of the sick and dying to hear what they are saying. Here is a strong, vibrant leader – a dominant individual admitting that without God’s aid he is weak and feeble.
It doesn’t matter how strong, capable or independent you think you are, life has a way of coming along and knocking you off your feet. I remember a dear friend who lost her husband to cancer. When someone said, “I’m praying for you,” her response was, “I’ll be ok. I’m strong. I can handle this.”
That is the natural response of many people. They are fiercely individualistic and view any need of help as a sign of weakness. Within weeks this lady’s sister had also unexpectedly passed away, and she found herself at the bottom. It was then she realized she DID need the Lord’s strength.
Do we have any assurance that God will hear us even when our cry is feeble and weak? Yes. Paul writes that God’s Holy Spirit helps our infirmities because we don’t know how to pray like we ought. When we are so weak that we cannot pray or don’t know what to pray for, God’s Spirit translates the feelings of our hearts to the heart of God.
Isaiah assures us that God’s “hand is not shortened that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear.” God promises us, “Call on me, and I will answer you.” And Jesus said, “If you, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father give good things to those that ask him?”
How about you? Ever been in a situation where you called and He answered? God does hear our cry and call. Just like David, when the problems get too big for us, we can know we are in His hearing.