Psalm 17:6 NKJV – Reveal yourself to us, O God

I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God; incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech.

You may or may not have heard that God hears our prayers. It’s true. In this verse God is asked to incline His ear and to hear the speech of the psalmist. Calling upon God is an act of dependence upon Him out of sense of need. What we are actually doing when we call upon God is saying we are dependent upon your hearing and acting on what we need or desire.

Calling upon God is an act of worship. We are saying, “O God, how mighty You are. Hear my prayer O God for You are able.” “Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples!” (Psalm 105:1 NKJV) When we set our hearts and minds on God, knowing and trusting in Him to provide for everything, we are offering up a sacrifice of praise that God will receive and accept and return abundance back to us. “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us”. (Ephesians 3:20 NKJV)

Matthew Henry, the commentator, once said, “It will be a great comfort to us if trouble, when it comes, find the wheels of prayer a-going, for then we may come with the more boldness to the throne of grace.” The psalmist frequently went to God in prayer as in “I have called upon You.” Prayer was not foreign to him or something he was unfamiliar with. He spoke with God and gave direction in his prayer, “Incline Your ear”. He was comfortable with God. He knew God; not merely knowing about God, but also with knowledge of God’s presence and power.

Friend, to know God is to be transformed by God. And knowing God comes from revelation of Himself, most importantly through His Son, Jesus Christ. “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John 17:3 NKJV) God the Father is revealed through Christ, the Son. “All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.” (Matthew 11:27 NKJV) We can be assured that when we call upon God that He hears us and will answer us. That is the faith that the psalmist knew. That is the faith we need to have when we pray. Prayer is a natural part of worship: to know God is to want to worship him and pray to him.

Precious Lord, thank You that we can come to You. Thank You that You hear and answer our prayers. Our prayers to You are offered up as worship to You. Show us Your presence and power. Reveal Yourself to us so that our faith grows and is encouraged in You. May we always feel close to You and confident in our prayers to You. In Your precious Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

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