Background Noises

I expect you’ve all done a zoom call or two during this mess. Today I was on with a group of ladies who didn’t understand the instruction: mute your microphone.

Consequently, for the next hour, we were entertained by house noises which included flushing toilets, fridge doors opening and closing, chewing, passing traffic, dogs barking, telephone calls and other painfully personal noises we didn’t want to hear.

They interrupted the noise we did want to hear, the teacher.  Sadly, that happens in lots of ways, not just on zoom. 

Lord, my longings are sitting in plain sight, my groans an old story to you. My heart’s about to break; I’m a burned-out case. Cataracts blind me to God and good; old friends avoid me like the plague. My cousins never visit, my neighbors stab me in the back. My competitors blacken my name, devoutly they pray for my ruin. But I’m deaf and mute to it all, ears shut, mouth shut. I don’t hear a word they say, don’t speak a word in response. What I do, God, is wait for you, wait for my Lord, my God—you will answer! I wait and pray so they won’t laugh me off, won’t smugly strut off when I stumble. (Psalm 38:9-16, MSG)

The good news is that God listens and hears our words, no matter how angry or upset we get, without the background noises of life.

Harass these hecklers, God, punch these bullies in the nose. Grab a weapon, anything at hand; stand up for me! Get ready to throw the spear, aim the javelin, at the people who are out to get me. Reassure me; let me hear you say, “I’ll save you.” (Psalm 35:1-3, MSG)

Prayer- Lord you have no idea how happy we are to know that you hear and listen to us without background noise disrupting our conversations. Amen.

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