Imagine, hearing that ring tone sound continuously even though you know your contact is there and waiting for your call. How frustrating to have pre-arranged a conversation and no one picks up! T-Mobile deceived millions of their customers by creating false ring tones. They were used to make customers believe their calls were connecting when in fact they were not. Rather than hear silence, they were hearing a misleading ringtone. The company was fined 40 million dollars for this illegal practice.
Today’s verse is an encouragement that the Lord always hears our prayers. Even when it seems there is only silence, He is there and He hears our every cry. King David made it a practice to bring his requests to the Lord first thing in the morning. The Lord knows the moment we are awake and open our eyes (Ps. 139:2). He knows our thoughts before they are even voiced. He is attentive and waiting for our thoughts and prayers to turn to Him. David did not seem bothered by the silence that followed. Not hearing the answers right away, he would wait with faith and expectation.
God’s silence does not mean that He does not hear or does not care. His silence is so often the method He uses to grow my faith and trust. I can “hear” His silence with peace and confidence knowing that He has heard my prayer and is working out His plan. Like David, I can leave the burden of that request with Him and start my day with a lighter heart. He is at work even when I do not see it.
Lord, help me to wait expectantly!