Thou hearer of prayer! Unto thee shall all flesh come.” (Psalm 65:2, EMPH)

If there is one thing that we absolutely know from the Scriptures it’s that God hears our prayers.  David here calls Yahweh Thou hearer of prayer so that we not only intellectually know this truth, but as it were grapple with it until it sinks deeply into the marrow of our bones.

It really is amazing to think that the God who spoke the world into existent, who raises and puts down kings and kingdoms and who sovereignly governs all events hears the prayer of the individual, but of course, this is exactly what David is saying.

Charles Spurgeon writes here:

This is thy name, thy nature, thy glory. God not only has heard, but is now hearing prayer, and always must hear prayer, since he is an immutable being and never changes in his attributes.

The context of this verse is one of sin and transgression implying that God specifically hears our prayers concerning our sins:

When iniquities prevail against me, you atone for our transgressions.” (Psalm 65:3, ESV)

The hearer of prayer is also the One who atones for our transgressions, or we could say the One who removes the guilt of our transgressions. God hears us when we confess our sins to him and his character is such that he takes away the guilt of our sins from us and [in the future] lays them upon Christ. It’s this truth that led Charles Wesley to pen the words:

And can it be that I should gain
An int’rest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain?
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me?

 

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