We all know what its like not to be heard. We’re with a group of friends – everyone is talking but you say something, and no one seems to have heard you. Ps 28 David is yearning for God to listen, be not deaf to me, v. 1.
David wants Yahweh to hear him. If you are silent to me I become like those who go down to the pit. That’s the Hebrew word sheol, the realm of the dead in the OT. But its not just dying but dying without hope. If his prayer goes unanswered it will appear he is no different than the ungodly. In other words, if God doesn’t hear him its all over.
But there is a glimmer of encouragement, To you O Lord, I will call; my rock. God being our Rock is a word-picture we read throughout the OT. A rock speaks of security and stability. One Bible student has pointed out it also refers to sustenance and sufficiency as when Moses struck the rock producing life-giving water.
Ps 28:2, Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy. I love Ps 65:2, O you who hear prayer. Dear child of God, it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t “feel” like God is listening. The Bible tells us he does listen. He hears us. God has his ear bent in to hear us when we pray. It takes faith to believe that. Faith is trusting in God’s promise when our emotions are telling us the opposite. So, speak to him. Tell him of your hurts and fears. And believe he is listening and caring for you. Jesus asked, “When the Son of Man comes will he find faith on the earth?”