I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
I will call on him as long as I live.
Reading these verses and thinking about the act of listening uncovers a new thought for me. For the writer, it was being heard that bound his heart to God forever. He doesn't say that God healed him or rescued him from danger or even that he was comforted by God. "Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live." We know God hears us, and that in itself is enough.
Holy Lord, I know that you listen, and that you hear our prayers. We do not always get the answer we hope for, but we are heard. Because you listen, we come to you. Thank-you, Lord. Amen