“Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:” Psalm 10:17
Encouragement from Matthew Henry’s Commentary:
1) The Lord never said to a distressed suppliant, “Seek in vain.”
2) May we not hope that he who has been will still be, will ever be, a God hearing prayers?
He had heard and answered their prayers: “Lord, thou hast many a time heard the desire of the humble, and never saidst to a distressed suppliant, Seek in vain. Why may not we hope for the continuance and repetition of the wonders, the favours, which our father told us of?”
He pleads their expectations from God pursuant to their experience of him: “Thou hast heard, therefore thou will cause thy ear to hear, as, Psalms 6:9. Thou art the same, and thy power, and promise, and relation to thy people are the same, and the work and workings of grace are the same in them; why therefore may we not hope that he who has been will still be, will ever be, a God hearing prayers?”
But observe, (1.) In what method God hears prayer. He first prepares the heart of his people and then gives them an answer of peace; nor may we expect his gracious answer, but in this way; so that God’s working upon us is the best earnest of his working for us. He prepares the heart for prayer by kindling holy desires, and strengthening our most holy faith, fixing the thoughts and prayers, raising the affections, and then he graciously accepts the prayer; he prepares the heart for the mercy itself that is wanting and prayed for, makes us fit to receive it and use it well, and then gives it in to us. The preparation of the heart is from the Lord, and we must seek unto him for it (Proverbs 16:1) and take that as a leading favour.
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01 Jan 2013 Leave a comment
This great truth is universally used to encourage one another, whether it’s for our own reminder or to give another hope. But if I asked you to quote its reference or share its context, would you be able to tell me?
Having just celebrated Christmas, the season of Christ’s birth, I recently read the account in the Gospel of Luke. Not only did the angel Gabriel tell it to Mary, in Luke 1:37, to assure Mary that she would conceive a son in her womb by the power of the Holy Ghost and call him Jesus, but he also encouraged her faith by saying that her cousin Elisabeth, who was stricken in years and had been barren, was now with child.
“All the instances in the Old Testament of those having children that had been long barren, which was above nature, were designed to prepare the world for the belief of a virgin’s bearing a son, which was against nature. No word of God must be incredible to us, as long as no work of God is impossible to him.”
Elisabeth even commended Mary’s faith and encouraged it. “Those that have experienced the performance of God’s promises themselves should encourage others to hope that he will be as good as his word to them also.”
That is why I continue to blog. I have experienced the performance of God’s promise, and I want to encourage you – don’t give up hope!
May God bless you and the fruit of your womb in 2013.
Quotes from Matthew Henry’s Commentary
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What is a wounded soul but one aching for hope?
Redirect a life.
You wield the power to heal the hurting.
You hold the words to affirm the doubting.
Several years ago, my husband recommended I listen to a series about encouragement on Dr. David Jeremiah’s radio broadcast. It was such a blessing to me, that I promptly ordered his book, The Joy Of Encouragement. Since I recently shared some thoughts on becoming a self- encourager, I want to recommend my main source – this book and its study guide. Dr. Jeremiah will share how to encourage and how not to encourage anyone you know – your husband, your children, your friends, your fellow church members, and a world that needs to know about the love of Jesus.
You may request a copy of the book by giving a donation in any amount by clicking on this link: The Joy Of Encouragement by David Jeremiah. You can also order a study guide through Amazon.com or other places online. Be sure to find out whether you are ordering the actual book or study guide. I ordered a book on Amazon thinking I would give it to a friend, but instead it was the study guide, so I kept it for myself! I recommend this book to anyone who is hurting or to anyone who wants to learn how better to encourage someone who is going through a difficult time.
The Joy of Encouragement is an uplift in itself.
You’ll find yourself basking in God’s love while giving it away.