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Turn Your Ear

“Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me” (Psalm 31:3)

Have you ever had a time when you noticed how the person you were telling something to wasn’t listening?  Perhaps, you noticed confusion and lack of understanding; perhaps he/she was obviously multi-tasking and distracted.   Yes?  I have someone at my office that does this to me often, and it makes me feel very small and non-important.

Where do we find caring listeners?  Would all of us agree – at God’s Grace?  Oh yes, and let’s not let this cherished thoughtfulness slip away.  When we need a dear, listening friend, let’s remember to reach out to each other. 

In Psalms we read of the plea for a caring listener.  “Turn your ear to me” can be translated as “bow down your ear”.  We know God is our ultimate listener.  Imagine the King of kings, the Lord of all creation, the One we bow down to bending His ear to us.  He isn’t distracted by his phone or any other matters.  He bends down, gets close, turns His ear to hear us.  He is intimate, compassionate, and faithful.  God loves us by listening to us–ALWAYS.  Even when He seems distant, He is not. 

Heavenly Father, thank you for always listening to us – no matter what!  Help us to be like you to our friends when they need us. Teach us how to turn our ears!


Jill Maclay