So much of conversation in this day is conducted by electronic means. Email and text override a human conversation. It seems we have become the society which rarely answers a call, often providing the message “I have zero desire to talk to you” or “you’re not important to me”. I am guilty of texting rather than carrying on a personal conversation because I don’t want to get “caught” on the phone. In this day we run “wide open” not stopping for much of anything. Meals are on often eaten on the run, self checkout in the store is appealing to eliminate waiting in lines, and dropping folks a card or letter is nearly unheard of. We are all simply too busy.
That busyness…the hustle and bustle of life in the 21st century has serious consequences for Christians. Often we are too busy to sit and read scripture, and certainly are too busy to spend quite time speaking to God. In turn, sweet conversations with great purpose are missed. Messages from God go unheard.
Psalm 4 points out that God never misses a conversation. We don’t get His “holy voicemail”, never have to stand in line to see Him, and never receive divided attention while He responds to a text message. No. God hears us when we call. The very moment in which we utter His name He leans His mighty ear down to earth to listen intently to whatever need we may have.
Even greater than God hearing us when we call is that He answers. Each time we speak His name, He bends His ear down giving His child undivided attention. God knows our every need before we ever ask, and yet He still desires to hear us make our requests known. He still wants us to enter His throne room, and to share our joys and our burdens with Him.
Psalms 4 so beautifully tells us that not only does God hear when we call, but He has freed us from burdens, stressors, and conundrums of daily life. When we face trouble, God reaches down to save His children. When we are confused, God lights our path one step at a time.
God gives us truth to live by in His word as He points us to how to manage anger in our lives in Psalm 4:4. “Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.” Be angry. God clearly understands that in this life we will face frustration, and become angry. However, He is clear to point out that our anger should not lead to sin. It’s about keeping tempers under control, and being kind to one another even when we really want to hit them in the face with a shovel. It’s at those time God clearly says…meditate. Go sit in your quiet place. Essentially He’s saying, “take a break”. Walk away and just be still. It’s in the moments of anger it’s best to simply walk away and keep our mouth shut.
Way before Momma ever said, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all”, God said sit yourself down sister, and be quiet. It’s in that quiet that we are to meditate with our hearts. Meditate on the scriptures, and pray! Girl, you must pray! It’s in that stillness with our hearts turned to heaven that God can talk to us. He can rescue us from our messes, relieve our shame and fill our hearts with joy. All you have to do is put your trust in the Lord. He will take care of the rest.
God even tells us in verse 8 that He will fill us with joy, we will have peace and be able to sleep. Giving those frustrations and heart aches to God allows our minds to stop running, and peace to overtake our spirits. No more laying awake at 2am repeating that conversation that cut so deeply. Only the peace of God can surpass all of the drama in our daily lives. He willingly heaps it upon us. All we have to do is call. He’s there…waiting to hear from you. Ready to provide us comfort, safety, confidence, trust…and rest that can only come from Him.
I’m so thankful that God never misses my call. I’m thankful that He not only hears me, but listens to me, and then He answers. Dear sister, He answers! Have you had a long day? Are you frustrated, overwhelmed, or just plain ticked off? Take a break and tell your Heavenly Father all about it. He’s standing by to receive your call. I promise you, He already has the answer.