Have you ever been accused of not listening? Carol was delighted when I got hearing aids. She wanted me to get them long before I was willing. I didn't need them (I thought), but by wearing them, I realized what I was missing. But I also knew my excuse for not hearing her would no longer be valid.
Man's problem is not the lack of God speaking but the lack of hearing what God speaks. The writer of Hebrews emphasizes the fact that God speaks. This letter begins with the declaration that God has spoken in many ways for a long time. But now, He has spoken by His Son, who is the perfect spokesman because He exemplifies His glory and expresses His character.
Scripture begins with God speaking. Everything that exists God spoke into existence. In Psalm 19, David says the heavens declare the glory of God and day to day pours out speech. Hebrews uses many passages from the OT to confirm God was speaking. The Jewish leaders, even though they rejected Jesus, knew God had spoken through the prophets (John 9:29).
God didn't only inspire them to speak. He gave them the words to say. Jesus in Matthew 10:20 says, "For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you." In 2 Corinthians 13:3, Paul says Christ is speaking in him.
Just as verse four says Jesus is superior to the angels, the rest of Hebrews explains not only is the Son the unique, perfect spokesman but is superior in every way.
Creator God, everything You do is right and perfect. Your speech, whether from Your Voice, Your creation, or Your prophets is perfect. We know the deficiency on man's part is hearing. Thank You for ears that hear. LORD Jesus, You are the perfect Prophet, Priest, and King. Thank You for Your Spirit, who teaches and speaks all things to those with ears to hear.
"Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers!" Psalm 37:1
Fret is not a word commonly used today. As a matter of fact, it is not used very often in the ESV. It is used five times, three of which are in Psalm 37. The other two are in Proverbs 21:19 and 24:19.
The first use of the Hebrew word translated fret is in Genesis 4:5 when Cain became very angry because God did not accept his offering. The primary use of this word in Scripture relates to anger, jealousy, and wrath.
After learning that, it changed the way I understood this passage. When I am upset, at whom am I ultimately angry? Since God is sovereign and not only has plans for me but directs my steps, must I not admit my anger is toward Him? I can attribute it to evildoers, but is that just a cop-out?
Notice how David addresses my problem—David's focus is on the LORD. He instructs me to "trust in the LORD," "befriend faithfulness," "delight yourself in the LORD," "commit your way to the LORD," "trust in him," "be still before the LORD" and "wait patiently for him."
In verse eight, David makes the point, "Refrain from anger and forsake wrath!" Then he uses the rest of the Psalm to explain the distinct differences between those who look to the LORD and those who reject Him.
LORD God forgive me for my attempt to justify my envy, anger, and disappointment by blaming the wicked who appear to benefit from their rejection of You. I must admit my anger is at You for not dealing with them as I think you should. I also must confess my envy at what appears to be Your blessing them instead of me. Holy Spirit, continually place before me the great blessing to those who look to the LORD