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I waited patiently for the Lord; He inclined and heard my cry.

Psalm 40:1

 

Yesterday, I posted that waiting implies actively trusting God to move.  We wait patiently, with the understanding that God’s plans are perfect even in the midst of the noise of life (more on that in another post).  

David finishes his thought (vs 1) with an incredible picture of God’s relationship with us.  “And He inclined to me and heard my cry (NASB).  In other words, God stretched out, or reached out to hear the cries of His child.  The word hear that’s used in vs 1 goes deeper than simply hearing to an actual understanding.  When it’s put together, it goes something like this:

And He stretched out to hear me, to understand my cries.  

This morning, as I do every Wednesday morning, I met with a friend to discuss life, how we’re growing and/or struggling and to pray together.  My friend shared that he is trying to practice the presence of God more and more, seeking to live in the reality that God is with us, always.  So, as he goes through his days, he’s trying to picture God right there with him, connected and close, all the time.  He pictures a God that has inclined to Him, stretched out to be where my friend is at that very moment.

That’s what David is getting at in vs 1.  Our God is God who stretches out to be close to us and hear our cries.

Scot McKnight’s little book on the Atonement has been a slow but good read.  Slow, because there is a lot to think about and consider.  As with most McKnight writings, he manages to explain what he’s thinking from an academic perspective while keeping it interesting and understandable enough for normal people.   McKnight explains that most people see the atonement in light of a variety of metaphors the church uses to describe it today.  It’s his contention that instead of limiting ourselves to one of the metaphors like sacrificial (offering), legal (justification), or interpersonal (reconciliation), or even commercial (redemption)  and military (ransom) that we need to consider all these images when thinking about how the atonement works today. 

This is great.  Michael Patton’s top 20 theologically based ways to woo your significant other.