Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.
Who is like the Lord our God, who dwells on high, who humbles himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth! — Unto you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. — I stretch forth my hands to you: my soul thirsts after you, as a thirsty land. Hide not your face from me, lest I be like those who go down into the pit. Cause me to hear your lovingkindness in the morning; for I trust in you: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto you.
Because your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise you. Thus will I bless you while I live: I will lift up my hands in your name. — Rejoice the soul of your servant: for unto you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; and full of mercy to all who call upon you.
Whatever you ask in my name, that I will do.
It is a great comfort to know that God listens. Prayers, praises, cries of pain, laughter, and everything else. He listens to it all. It's a command of Jesus, and He says many times, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear." God the Father originated that idea, and He listens to all, but especially to you. Listening is a wonderful quality, and one of the greatest sorrows in life is to not be heard, and to have nobody listen to you. It is a great gift if you can find one or two people in your life who will really listen to you, and open themselves to what you have to say. But even if you don't, God listens. Always. Whether you pray, praise, or complain, He's interested in you, your situation, your problems, your prayers, your praises. He deems nobody too "small," and everyone has value to Him--especially you. It doesn't matter if you are wealthy or poor, if you live in a wonderful house, or you're homeless. He doesn't care about your "social status"--He cares about YOU, and he always listens, because He loves you. He is big enough to encompass the big things in your life, and He cares for you enough to pay attention to the littlest.
LAM. 3:41. Psa. 113:5,6. -Psa. 25:1. -Psa. 143:6-8. Psa. 63:3,4. ‑Psa. 86:4,5. John 14:13.
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