Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints;
but let them not turn back to folly.
After speaking boldly and confidently TO God, the Psalmist also wants to hear FROM God, just as any good conversation would be.
He is expectant – that God will speak peace to his people..
Believing in God’s peace, even after his judgement, the Psalmist reminds God’s people of their sin nature and tells them to beware of it and repent.
The application here is a series of questions fo consider.
Even while thanking God for his grace and mercy, how often do we then ask something and not wait for answers? How often do we speak TO God and not get our minds and hearts set on hearing FROM God? Are we having a conversation WITH God, asking and then listening?
We pray and ask God for healed relationships, we ask for healing of physical ailments, we ask generally for God’s favor and protection, and we ask for peace only the Lord can provide. But do we ask for guidance before we make decisions based on worldly input? Do we ask and then listen? Have we repented of our known sin and then cleared our thoughts of worldly concerns, expectantly waiting for God to speak peace? Are we still and silent so we can hear the Lord through the Holy Spirit?
Lord we love you. Help us to be still and listen expectantly, yet patiently, for your guidance through your Word and Spirit. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray this. Amen.