Praise be to the Lord, for he has heard my cry for mercy. (Ps. 28:6)

PERHAPS YOU’VE HAD the unpleasant experience of pouring out your heart to someone only to realize the other person was not listening. They may have been hearing you, but they were not attending to you. It is hard work to pay attention to the needs of others because eall of us have our own needs and concerns that naturally occupy our attention.

While most people find it very helpful to talk about their needs and concerns with another person, there is only one who can give us His full attention. God can fully attend to your needs and concerns because He has none of His own. God has no anxiety that would pull His attention away from His people.

In this psalm, David called out to God and implored Him not to turn a deaf ear to him (v. 1). While he did not voice his specific request, he was seeking mercy (v. 2). He did not want to be identified with the wicked and judged along with them (vv. 3–5). Ultimately David found the confidence that God heard and attended to his cries for mercy (vv. 6–7).

When you are anxious or concerned, it certainly helps to talk with others. But you can also be confident that you serve a God who attends to the needs of His people.

Cry out to God; He hears and attends to your prayers.

Kevin Scott is a pastor, acquisitions editor, and author of ReCreatable. He lives in Noblesville, Indiana, with his wife and three children.