Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. -Psalm 116:2 NIV
We can call on Him as long as we live, as the Psalmist declares, and know that our Heavenly
Father will listen when we come to Him in humility; acknowledging that we need His help.
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We can call on Him, even more frequently than my children used to call on me for help with
every small and large task, when they were quite young. I remember how I would always try to give them my undivided attention, whenever they wanted to speak to me. I would stop what I was doing, bend down to their level, make eye contact with them and pay attention to what they said. I would turn my ear to be near their mouths, because I wanted them to know how much I loved them.
Even now, as adults, they’re so accustomed to me listening, that they let me know whenever I’m distracted and wait until they have my full attention again. And while I am grateful that they still call on me for help, I also try to encourage them to call on Him, who is completely trustworthy and faithful.
We can call on Him, because He turned His ear to the Psalmist. Our Heavenly Father will bend down to listen even more attentively and compassionately to His children, than a human parent does.
The Psalmist vowed to call on Him as long as he lives, because God, turned His ear to listen
when the writer of this verse was in great need. In fact he was near death, but God showed him mercy.
We can call on Him when we are overcome by distress and sorrow. When we are down, we are usually in a posture of humility and willing to acknowledge our need for God’s help. He can save and deliver us, as we call on Him to listen and answer our prayers.
Psalm 116:1 says, “I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy.” (NIV)
Psalm 17:6 says, “I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.” (NIV)
Psalm 6:9 says, “The LORD has heard my plea; the LORD will answer my prayer.” (NLT)
But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer. (Psalm 66:19 NLT)
Christians can call on Him, through Jesus Christ confidently and know that He hears us, if we pray according to His will.
1 John 5:14 says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” (NIV)
We don’t need an appointment. We can call on Him in every situation and know that He is
accessible to us 24/7. He is never too busy and always available.
As God’s children, we can call on Him when we are in trouble or facing difficult circumstances, and He will listen and answer our prayers.
Psalm 50:15 says, “Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.” (NLT)
Psalm 31:2 says, “Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me.” (NIV)
I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. (Psalm 116:1 NIV)
We can call on Him as long as we have breath in our lungs in difficult as well as good times, to give Him thanks and praise, because our God listens and answers prayers.
Psalm 146:2 says, “I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.” (NIV)
Psalm 116:17-19 says, “I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the LORD. I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people, in the courts of the house of the LORD—in your midst, Jerusalem.” Praise the LORD. [a]” (NIV)
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