My son, give attention to my words;
Incline your ear to my sayings.
Do not let them depart from your eyes;
Keep them in the midst of your heart;
For they are life to those who find them,
And health to all their flesh.
“Incline your ear to my saying”
Incline: cause to bow down, bend, wear away
As a single-sided deaf person, someone who is completely deaf in one ear, I often have to turn my head to the side with my good ear to hear what others are saying. When praying in public I literally turn my head to the right to listen as closely as I can to what is being prayed so I can know when my husband has finished his prayer.
“My son (or daughter) give attention to my words;
incline your ears to my sayings.”
This proverb is instructing us to pay attention, focus on, concentrate on the wisdom of God’s Words.
Bend your ear. Listen closely.
INCLINE MY EAR
Though deaf in this world
Listen for Your words
Closing my eyes
I turn my ear to You
Straining to hear
Your sweet voice.
Speaking promises to my
Tenderly, lovingly, gently.
It comes quietly
I almost miss it
With ears that cannot hear…
The ear of my heart
Feels the breath of Your Spirit
Tickling in its closeness
I have heard You
Early in the morning
And I bow down to You
In this holy hour.
For my deaf ears
Have been opened
To hear the melody
Of Your grace
Flowing down like
A gentle, refreshing
~Marcell Warner Bridges
In Psalms 5 David prays, “Give ear to my words, O Lord”. In many places in the Bible there are petitions for God to hear us.
But I wonder. Are we listening to God? Here in Proverbs God is asking us to incline our ears to Him.
Just as we want God to listen to us, we need to open our ears and listen to Him.
Isn’t it time to bend your ear to Him? Isn’t it time to turn your head, cock your ear
upward and say,
“Lord, what do YOU have for ME to hear today?
What do YOU have to say to ME today?”
From My Heart To Yours,