When we listen to Psalm 116, we are assured that God listens to our cry for help.

This Psalm begins with, “I love the Lord because God listens to my cry for help.” As we work our way through this prayer-poem, we hear the inner thoughts of the writer. From a place of deep honesty, the Psalmist admits their honest thoughts and feelings. Having admitted the state of their mind, they can then allow the Divine to offer statements of truth. Those statements of truth are medicine for a mind and nervous system that are going wild.

Our bodies, minds, and hearts really do try their best in the situations that we are in. And sometimes those situations are not safe. Perhaps we have done the best we could in really challenging situations. Perhaps we did less than our best. In any case, we can be assured that God listens to our cries for help and loves us, so that we can love God in return.

What stands out to you in this reading today? How are you invited to move your relationship with God into your action today?

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More ways to extend your Listening Practice

If you liked this Listening Practice you might like our podcast of Psalm 115. Psalm 113 to Psalm 118 are part of the Psalms of Hallel. or more information about the Psalms of Hallel, check out our blog post on these Six Powerful Psalms of Praise.

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“So I will walk with the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 116:9