EXPERIENCE GOD IN SCRIPTURE
Psalm 116:1-2,12-14—I love the Lord because He hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. 2 Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath! . . . 12 What can I offer the Lord for all He has done for me? 13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and praise the Lord’s name for saving me. 14 I will keep my promises to the Lord . . . (NLT)
C.S. Lewis said in The Problem of Pain: “I call this a Divine humility because it is a poor thing to strike our colours to God when the ship is going down under us; a poor thing to come to Him as a last resort, to offer up ‘our own’ when it is no longer worth keeping. If God were proud He would hardly have us on such terms: but He is not proud, He stoops to conquer, He will have us even though we have shown that we prefer everything else to Him, and come to Him because there is ‘nothing better’ now to be had… It is hardly complimentary to God that we should choose Him as an alternative to Hell: yet even this He accepts.”
Here in Psalm 116, we receive a word picture of how God listens to us and our prayer. The Psalmist says God “bends down” to listen. Like a loving mother or father who wants to hear their child, God wants His ears and eyes to be near ours to communicate not only an answer, but His love.
If God is that intimate with us, how does the Psalmist say we should respond to Him (116:12-14)?
God to think that you ‘stoop’ down to me—a creature with so many broken pieces and every one of those big and small rebellions I’ve done. Yet, like a tender Father who knows better than to be petty with my spiritual adolescence, You bend over to hear each stumbling word I pray. I promise today that I will commit this day to be more praising of You and to keep each promise to follow You I’ve failed to keep before. Because today is a new day when You have a Father who forgives His children so easily. My praise to Your ears, Amen!