February 15, 2017
By Pastor Cook
February 15, 2017


Pr Cook: Psalm 51 is a penitential psalm where we can see how God brought good even out of David's terrible fall. We would not have Psalm 51 in our Bibles if David had not sinned but God overruled. (Read v 13-17) I remember watching on TV Apollo 11 landing on the moon and the words of Mr. Armstrong, "One small step for man and one giant step for mankind." In recent years, we've had the Rover on Mars bring back pictures of the red planet. We can look at the advancements and amazing accomplishments to remind us that God has made us in His image and man is fulfilling the creation mandate to subdue the earth. Something even more amazing is that we can speak to God Himself, the God who made us and all things. Everything in this world has His fingerprints all over it. We can talk to the God of gods in the Heavens - where that is exactly I don't know. He's a transcendent Being who sits upon a throne of absolute sovereignty and yet He's mindful of us. Even more than that, He listens to us. We have His ear. Even more impressive than having the ear of the president of the United States. We have the ear of God, who has the heart of the king in His hand. We know from Psalm 139 that He's aware of every word that comes off our tongue. But there is a difference between our ordinary prayers that God hears and our actual praying. He takes a different interest in our praying; the Proverbs author says He delights in our prayers. God has a discrimination, attentive ear when we pray; a delight. He loves to hear us pray. How can we be sure God hears our prayers? From our Bibles, what are some arguments we could use to say, "Yes, I am sure God hears my prayers."? Many reasons we could give. One is, we pray in the name of His Son. Jesus did say, If you ask in My name my Father will answer your prayers. We pray Christ-mediated prayers. Second, is praying in line with Psalm 51, with a broken-spirit and a contrite heart - He will not despise that. Think of the Pharisee and the Publican praying in the Temple. God hears one man but not the other. What is the difference? One had a broken heart and contrite spirit. The other man was proud and self-righteous. If we come humbly acknowledging we need mercy we can be assured of God hearing our prayers. Third, if we prayer filial prayers. That is we pray to a Father in Heaven who hears us. We are His adopted children. He will hear us because we are His children. We can pray with confidence, knowing we are not on a fool's errand.



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