I do so appreciate a good listener, don’t you?
A good listener hears without interrupting.
A good listener focuses on the speaker’s words, not the listener’s next words.
A good listener considers his own words carefully before replying, particularly during a conflict.
I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live. – Psalm 116:1-2
The Psalmist points out that he loves the Lord for being a wonderful listener – the best Listener! In fact, he appreciates that characteristic of God so much that he plans to make conversing with God a lifetime practice.
The Psalmist pictures the Lord leaning down to us, so that we may whisper into his ear, as a father would to his little children. And as a good Father, he is always available to listen, and he will always hear us, whether we can articulate our prayers or not.
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. – Romans 8:26
Unlike the best earthly listener, God already knows what we will tell him. He will not be shocked or angered by anything we say to him. Should we confess our most despicable sins to him, he will never love us any less.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. – John 3:17
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – I John 1:8-9
What attributes do you think make a good listener? What do you appreciate about God as the ultimate Listener?