Some background to the title
This past Sunday morning I was on the couch with my notebook, pen, and a cuppa coffee – I was ready to dig into The Word with Elevation Church streaming from our Roku. The praise and worship was its usual wonderfulness and then Pastor Steven introduced his wife, Holly, to the podium to deliver the Mother’s Day message. I’ve heard Holly before and, therefore, got super comfy because I knew it would be good! I am not going to give you a full review of Holly’s message but one of the points she made is…
We must INCLINE our ears to what God is saying to us…
Fast-forward to our afternoon. We took a ride to find TJ Maxx in Greenville and on our way home I found the video of Paula White praying for our president at the recent prayer breakfast and she prayed…
Deliver us in Your righteousness, and cause us to escape; incline Your ear to us, and save us. Psalm 71.2
Confirmation comes fast
When Holly shared the “incline” scripture – I paid attention and thought to myself incline our ears to God, now that is an interesting thought.
When Paula prayed “incline Your ear to us and save us,” I thought to myself Yes, Lord, I hear You…incline.
I remember a few years ago there was a buzz phrase in blogs and on social media, “Lean in.” As in, lean into God. Although a good one, it was overused and I got weary of it. Everyone was leaning – I felt tilted! LOL!
incline…cause me to long for… [from the margin notes in my Bible]
incline…v. feel willing or favorably disposed toward. As intransitive verb: to bow. [Webster’s]
Does that resonate with you? During this C19 stay at home time, we’ve had plenty of time to incline our ear – amen? But have we? Have I? It seems instead of doing that I’ve been focused on “getting through” the day – never mind bowing.
Once again, I desire to incline my ear. Because, I want the Lord to incline His ear to save us – to hear our cries for the healing of our land. I want Him to incline His ear as I repent for the sins of this country. I don’t know about you but I need Him more than ever.
Examples from The Word
“Now, therefore,” Joshua said, “Put away the foreign gods which are among you, and incline your heart to the LORD God of Israel.” Joshua 24.23
“May the LORD our God be with us, as He was with our fathers. May He not leave us or forsake us, that He may incline our hearts to Himself, to walk in all His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, which He commanded our fathers.” 1 Kings 8.57-58 Solomon
“Incline my heart to Your testimonies, and not to covetousness.” Psalm 119.36
“Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works.” Psalm 141.4a
Let us be inclined to incline
Don’t you love when God shows up and shows off? Even if it’s just for you! I believe He will, even more often, when we take on the posture of inclining toward Him. Let’s stop the covid blues and begin bowing and inclining ourselves to Him – this week, at least 5 minutes per day let’s incline.
Are you in?
Remember in school when the teacher would offer you “extra points?” Well, here’s some great scriptures to look up on your own related to this lesson of incline.
2 Kings 19.16a | Psalm 71.2 | Psalm 88.2 | Psalm 102.2 | Psalm 116.2 | Psalm 17.6 | Proverbs 2.2 | Isaiah 55.3 | Psalm 40.1 | Proverbs 22.17 | Jeremiah 7.24,26 | Jeremiah 17.23 | Jeremiah 44.5 | Jeremiah 25.4 | Isaiah 37.17 | Daniel 9.18
And, just because I realized something and wanted to share with you…in the NKJV there is not one scripture with the word incline. Interesting.