Psalm 103:20 (NKJV)
Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Who excel in strength, who do His word,
Heeding the voice of His word.
“Not only mightily executing the word, when heard; but ever intently listening, ready to catch the indication of His will”
‘Ever intently listening,’ as though to emphasise the new listening for each new word, for there is nothing stale in life which we are called. We must have fresh manna every day – yesterday will not do. Our Lord’s whole life is an illustration of what it means to live with an ear sensitive to the lightest indication of the wish of the Father. So that where obedience to His commands is in question, just as much as where it is a matter of our own heart’s nourishment, the hearing heart is the first of our needs.
I have been thinking, too, of how this thought is bound up with, or lies behind, the great prayer promises. For how can we ‘know’ in the sense of 1 John 5:14-15 (Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.), if we have not given time to listen to our Father’s thought about the petition we bring Him? And it is set deep in the Lord’s words about the difference between servants and friends.
But the gold in this mine is infinite. May the Lord of all spiritual riches lead us deeper in. We shall find ourselves low at his feet: “But I am a little child, I do not know how to go out or come in… Therefore give to Your servant a hearing heart.” (1 Kings 3:7, 9)