"I love the Lord, because He hears
My voice and my supplications.
Because He has inclined His ear to me,
Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.
The cords of death encompassed me
And the terrors of Sheol came upon me;
I found distress and sorrow.
Then I called upon the name of the Lord:
O Lord, I beseech You, save my life!"
In Verse 1 David is saying how he loves the Lord because the Lord hears him. And not only hears but says that the Lord has inclined His ear.
That word inclined in the Hebrew means to stretch out, spread out, extend, or bend.
I love that picture of the Lord leaning in, bending down like a parent does to their child, to listen and to hear. He is a loving Father who delights to hear from His children. He is interested and cares about us - He is attentive to you and to me. He gives us His personal care, attention and focus.
And because He is a personal God who inclines His ear to us, we can also bank on the promise that He not only hears but will also answer. He not only listens but also responds.
Prayer is one of those ways for us to be intimate and enjoy fellowship with Jesus. He is our Father, our King, our Friend, our Saviour, our Constant Companion. And He desires fellowship with us - for us to intimately know Him and depend on Him. We are already related to Him if we have placed our faith in Christ. But fellowship is something that we can either choose to enjoy today or not. Prayer is a way that we can fellowship with the Lord Jesus, communing with Him throughout our days - minute by minute, hour by hour.
1 John 5:14-15 says 'This is the confidence that we have before Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And we know that He hears in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.'