Faith Baptist Church of State College, Pennsylvania

I Love The Lord Because...

     Dianna and I would awake from our slumber, get dressed and speed along the Gerald Ford expressway in our 1969 Ford Mustang en route to Uncle Walt’s and Aunt Ruth’s home.  It was that one Saturday morning of the month during which we would spend time with our dear friends.  Upon arriving, we would be greeted by the aroma of hot buttermilk pancakes, as well as, the warm handshake of Uncle Walt and the loving embrace of Aunt Ruth.  Finishing breakfast, the girls would pair off while Uncle Walt and I would spend time together in the den sharing our hearts one with the other.  How delightful it was to share my heart with such a caring friend.  I love Uncle Walt Kronemeyer because he listened to me out of a heart of love.

     The Psalmist loved the LORD for a similar reason; he expressed his heart by these words,

“I love the LORD, because He hears my voice and my supplications.  Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.” Psalm 116:1, 2

     How wonderfully refreshing it is to be able to talk with a loving friend—a friend who authentically listens without interruption and without condemnation even when offering correction—a friend who listens attentively to hear the intimate expressions of the others heart!

     The Psalmist had found such a friend in the living God!  The Psalmist was “stressed-out” by life’s circumstances, “The cords of death encompassed me, and the terrors of Sheol came upon me; I found distress and sorrow.”  Psalm 116:3.  During such a time it is difficult enough to express the depths of ones heart let alone find someone who will genuinely listen.  The Psalmist found such a listening Friend in the LORD, the Creator of the Heavens and Earth; He willing and lovingly listened to the psalmist in his time of sorrowful distress.

     What’s on your heart about which you need to talk to a true friend—a friend who will lovingly listen out of a heart of love?  The greatest Friend invites you to “…pour out your heart before Him…” Psalm 62:8. I would encourage you to take some time (perhaps a Saturday morning), sit down and share your heart (your dreams and fears, your ambitions and hesitations, your longings and apprehensions) with the Lover of your soul.

     When you do, you’ll find yourself echoing the Psalmist, “I love the LORD because He hears my voice…”

     In Christ,
     Pastor Drew