This morning in Psalm 86 there were some phrases that stood out:
- Incline Thine ear
- Give Ear
- Give Head
- Answer me x 2
The model here is for us to ask God to both hear us and to answer us. Don’t know about you but that is not my usual process. Typically I just dive in with what is on my mind. But here and in other places the consistent model is to ask God to hear and to answer. Additionally in this Psalm the psalmist details his circumstance asking God to intervene. Again that is not my practice. Typically, I just ask for the intervention without rehearsing the situation with God. I mean He already knows; it is not like I am giving Him any information. But the model here is to tell Him the details.
So today I used this model. I was overcome with the intimacy with God that it created. It takes longer.
Perhaps that is the point.