1 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.
2 O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.
3 But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him.
4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.
6 There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.
7 Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.
8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.
In verse 1, David asks God to hear him, but notice, he asks for mercy in hearing Him. In that, David shows that he knows his requests are subject to Godís will. He follows up this thought in verse three. God has set us apart, and we can have confidence that He will hear us, we just have to get over thinking He will always answer the way we want. We donít give our kids everything they want, and if you think about a time this has happened, have you noticed at that point they seem to forget the things you HAVE done? Think of how many times you have done things for them and them not even know it, or protected them from something they are unaware of. It is the same way with God, yet we often donít take this life lesson and apply it to our relationship with God. Instead, we are quick to forget His many blessings, get down in spirit, and sometimes talk ourselves into believing that we are being punished or arenít loved by Him. Just as with our own children, that simply isnít the case. All prayers are answered, every single one. Just remember, no IS an answer.
6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows
1st Peter 2:9-10
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;
10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
1st Peter 4:17-19
17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
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