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Sunday, 20 May 2018

Psalm 65

“O You who hear prayer, To You all flesh will come.” - Psalm 65:2

We talk about “bandwidth,” the technological term related to internet and its speed; the higher your bandwidth, the faster your communication! At the same time, when we watch TV interviews, we come across many people talking at the same time especially in times of heated arguments and it becomes very difficult to hear.  Then the chair-person warns “One at a time!” But not so with the GOD whom we serve! He is a person who can hear the conversation of His children irrespective of the numbers (in millions) and not even one conversation goes unheard! This technology was established before the foundation of the heaven and earth. What a master plan!  We cannot fathom God’s bandwidth of communication (hearing capacity).  Let’s meditate the Psalm now keeping the above in the background.

Psalm 65 begins “Praise is awaiting You, Oh God…”  The essence of the Psalm is twofold:

(1) Every good rain and every good harvest is a blessing from God, showing His delight in His creation (2) A day of God’s goodness is coming in which good rains and harvests will be greater than ever before.  Psalm 65 divides nicely into three sections. The first deals with how God is to be approached (Vs.1-4). The second records how God rises up in deliverance (Vs.5-8). And the last section bursts into a glorious harvest hymn (Vs.9-13).

The key verse declares, “O You who hear prayer; To you all flesh will come.”  Let us look into this key aspect: Prayer. Prayer is not a formality, but when we pray we’re asking God to do something that would not have happened unless we prayed.  Matthew 6:6 (NKJV): “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”  So prayer is properly addressed to God the Father because He diligently hears our prayer.  We also pray to the Son (Acts 7:59; 2 Cor.12:8), but in no instance in the NT is prayer addressed to the Holy Spirit as the Holy Spirit is in and with the believer (John 14:16-17).  The Holy Spirit interprets the needs of the human heart, makes His intercession and prayer is impossible for man apart from His help (Romans 8:26). It’s exactly like a Father–son conversation, but in its sanctity.

When we approach God honestly, the first thing we must reckon with is the fact that we are sinners. And two things must happen here: i) the realization that iniquities prevail against us  ii) God purges transgressions away. The first is conviction of sin, and the second is forgiveness. To have conviction without forgiveness is to live a life of despair. To have forgiveness without conviction is like banking with God’s grace, making God’s grace so cheap. Today there are many Christians who simply overemphasize God’s grace, taking it for granted or making it their ultimate doctrinal base, without emphasizing the justice of God—they don’t realize that they are standing on a most dangerous zone.

Jeremiah 17:10 says, “I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give to each man according to his ways, According to the results of his deeds.”  God hears our prayers, but He knows our motive because He searches our heart and mind.  So let’s talk/pray to our God with a clean heart as He always listens to our prayer/cry.  Give Him the reverence and glory.  We can pray to God with an expectant heart, but that should not be the reason for our prayer.  We pray to God because He is our heavenly Father; hence let us be strong in the Lord that He will grant our desires in due time!

Prayer: “Heavenly Father, I come to you as I am because You are always there for me to listen to my prayer.”

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