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Hear My Prayer

How easy it is for us as Christians to become systematic, automatic, and regular in our lives and service, without experiencing ecstasy or delight. Is that your experience? How different this is from the psalmist's experience. 'My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD' (Ps. 84:2), is a cry which seems to come from the depth of his being. They are words of deep emotion. They describe an experience that he feels, not just words that are uttered. Should we not long for more of this in our Christian lives?

The penman of Psalm 84 is a humble man who is content to be a doorkeeper in the house of God (v.10). He is an emotional man whose soul longs, literally pines away for the courts of the Lord (v.2). His heart and flesh cry out with ecstasy, overwhelming joy, no doubt. When did you and I last feel that way? Is there not a lesson to be learned from this dear man that will enrich our meditations, enlarge our vision, and draw us closer to the One we love?

This son of Korab obviously enjoyed the singing of this psalm, as we enjoy the singing of hymns which have deep meaning, and which glorify

the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He rejoices in the loveliness, the amiability of the divine dwelling; his soul fainteth - is completely carried away - for the courts of the Lord. What an example of devotion, of love for the things of God. It causes one to look within to find a like response from one's own heart. How easy it is to remain casual, methodical, orderly, without our heart's devotion being involved. Oh that my heart and flesh would cry out to my God who lives! That my soul had a deep, genuine heart-longing for all the things of the Lord!

'Hear my prayer', cries this Hebrew psalmist (v.8). He is setting us an example. Perhaps we need to shake ourselves awake so that we can get a fresh vision of him and of ourselves. Do we need more time, more attentiveness, more devotion, to read His Word? to have restored our vision of Him and His dwelling-place? Lord, hear my prayer! 'Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law' (Ps. 119:18).

The penman of Psalm 84 assures us that 'No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly' (v.11).