The Lord Heard Him

“The poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him” (Psalm 34:6). The man was alone, and the only one who heard him was the Lord. Yes, the Lord, Jehovah of Hosts, the All–glorious, heard his prayer. God stooped from His eternal glory and gave attention to this cry.

Never think that a praying heart pleads to a deaf God. Never imagine that God is so far removed that He fails to notice our needs. God hears prayer and grants His children’s desires and requests.

We can never pray earnestly until we believe that God hears prayer. I have been told, “Prayer is an excellent exercise, highly satisfying and useful, but nothing more. Prayer cannot move the Infinite Mind.” Do not believe so gross a lie or you will soon stop praying. No one prays for the mere love of the act. Amid all the innumerable actions of divine power, the Lord never ceases to listen to the cries of those who seek His face. This verse is always true, “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles” (Psalm 34:17). What a glorious fact! Truly marvelous!

This is still Jehovah’s special title: the God who hears prayer. We often come from the throne of grace as certain that God heard us as we were sure that we had prayed. The abounding answers to our supplications are proof positive that prayer climbs above the regions of earth and time and touches God and His infinity. Yes, it is still true, the Lord will hear your prayer.

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Yeshua The Face Of Mercy

Knowing that we are called one of His very own, is revealing the revelation of love that is being manifested in our lives.
But, to know that YHVH Elohim has prepared beforehand vessels of mercy, so that we can receive His glory, is an entire separate marvelous mystery in itself.

In the Hebrew, there is a cluster of related words that are often translated as “mercy,” depending upon where they appear in the sentence.
There is “ahavah,” which refers to God’s enduring love for Israel, much like the love between man and woman.
Then there is “Rachamim,” which comes from the root word “rechem,” or womb, and therefore might be more literally understood as suggesting a “maternal connection” between YHVH and human beings.
In Psalm 85 it speaks of the Israelites’ return from exile, it is said that when “mercy and truth have met together, righteousness and peace have kissed.”
“Chesed,” the word translated as “mercy” in this verse, additionally suggests YHVH’s quality of “steadfast loyalty.” The psalm thus relates steadfastness and mercy with “truth”. In Hebrew the word for truth is “emet”, which means behaving ethically and being faithful to YHVH’s will.

Yeshua is the face of mercy.
In Matthew’s gospel, Yeshua tells His disciples to understand the meaning of the phrase:
“I desire mercy, not sacrifice. For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Perhaps most significantly for us is that Yeshua shows us what it means to be merciful: He healed the sick, welcomed the stranger and pardoned those who persecuted and killed Him. He came to set us free from the curse of death and to reconcile us with Abba.

Mercy does matter!
And to know that you can be a vessels of mercy, and carry the glory of YHVH, is to know that you have the nature of Christ inside of you. Every morning we receive new mercy from YHVH. Every morning we should become empty vessels of honour in serving our King, knowing His mercy is inside of us, so that we can take it out into the world.
In this the revelation of the wealth of His glory, will be revealed to all, and all will know who YHVH Elohim is. His glory will be release to those who carry His mercy.

And doesn’t He also have the right to release the revelation of the wealth of His glory to His vessels of mercy, whom God prepared beforehand to receive His glory? Even for us, whether we are Jews or non-Jews, we are those He has called to experience His glory. – Romans 9:23-24