7 Hear [shama`], O LORD [Yahovah], when I cry [qara'] with my
voice [qowl]: have mercy [chanan] also upon me, and answer [`anah] me. KJV-Interlinear
7 Hear, O
Lord, when I cry with my voice, And be gracious to me and answer me. NASB
Hear, ‘shama,’ means to pay attention, to listen with obedience, to consider, to discern, to give ear.
Lord, ‘Yahovah,’ means self-existent, or eternal one.
Cry, ‘qara,’ means to call out, to bidden, to proclaim.
Mercy, ‘chanan,’ means to bend down or stoop in kindness as a superior would lean down to an inferior, to provide favor, to bestow, to grant.
Answer, ‘anah,’ means to pay attention and respond, to give account.
Throughout this psalm, David has described his dwelling place and place of security, within the tabernacle of God, which we know does not refer to a specific tent or even the tabernacle within the temple of Solomon, which didn’t even exist at that time, but refers to the symbolized tabernacle that exists within the soul when the individual believer is in fellowship.
Fellowship is the place of direct interaction with God. It is not a physical place, not a building, not a geographical place, but a place within the soul which is attained positionally, when the believer confesses his sins to God the Father. The mechanics of this is described in 1 John.
The spiritual life functions only when the individual believer is in fellowship, or symbolically, within the tabernacle and thus face-to-face with God.
This is the place of interactive prayer. And in prayer we are commanded to come boldly before the throne of grace. And that is what David is doing in this verse.
When the individual believer is in fellowship, God hears prayers. And David is demanding that hearing, which is an entitlement that God grants to every believer who is in fellowship.
All prayer is directed toward the Father, and to no one else. No legitimate prayer can be directed toward angels, toward ancestors, toward animals, toward ghosts, or toward inanimate objects such as the wind or fire or the moon, and so forth.
Mercy is grace in action. Grace is the favor of God, and mercy is the fulfillment of that favor, or God actually doing something for the believer.
In every prayer, every legitimate prayer, that is asked in accordance with Gods plan, will receive an answer of one sort or another. The answer may be, no, but nevertheless, every legitimate prayer offered by every believer, does get answered.
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