by: Paul Stagnaro
A Heart Condition
The first verse of Psalm 44 reads, "We have heard with our ears, O God; our fathers told us what you did in their days, in days long ago."
What is the writer telling us? The writer of the Psalm is recounting the goodness which God had done for their fathers. The writer begins by declaring he knows it to be true, things authenticated by witnesses.
The witnesses were their fathers, who told their children what God has done in the past. The writer states we have heard with our ears. It seems a redundant statement. There is nothing else to do with your ears but to listen.
The writer chooses to repeat by using the words "heard "and "ear" about God's outstanding accomplishments. Because it attaches weight to what the writer is about to share with the reader.
What God accomplished was passed down from generation to generation. We know that Israel and other tribal groups preserved their history verbally with stories. It is a way to teach and ensure that future generations would not forget Israel's history.
The writer of Psalms 44 is emphasizing hearing the words. The reader today needs to listen to the words written in this Psalm. Hearing someone speak takes an effort. Most of us have eyes and ears that work reasonably well. But though we have functioning eyes and ears, there are many times we do not see or hear. It reminds me of having ears but not hearing. Jesus mentions this in Mark 8:17-19
"Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: "Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don't you remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?" "Twelve," they replied".
We need to understand the importance of hearing the written Word. Scripture tells us that faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. It seems apparent that it is essential to God that we listen to what he is telling us.
Jesus asked the disciples in verse 17, "Are your hearts hardened?" Jesus' question implies that the condition of our heart impacts our hearing of the Word. It is interesting to know that Scripture tells us; that the tongue speaks what's hidden in the heart. And now, we have read that the heart's condition can impact our hearing of God's Word.
The question you should ask of yourself is this; is my heart becoming hardened to the point of not hearing God's Word for my life?
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