"Hear, O my people, and I will speak,
O Israel, and I will testify against you:
I am God, your God.
The first word in this verse is the word Hear. It is an important word, that many times we look over. We skim past it onto the rest of the verse, when sometimes, it is emphasis of that verse.
In this verse, for example, we can see who is talking: it is God, our God. We can see what He is saying: He is testifying against us. We know who He is talking to: the people of Israel, and more importantly, they are His people. But I would attest that the emphasis of the whole verse is that we need to Hear this. The idea here is this: Listen up People, I am getting ready to speak!
As any parent could attest to, listening is less about sound waves, and more about the mind and the heart. Jesus spoke to many people while he walked the soil of this earth, but there were relatively few who really heard what He was saying. He even said that his parables were to let those who are blind see and those who thought they could see to be blinded.
The idea is that you must first realize that you need to hear, before you can hear.
So I leave you with this, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
Deuteronomy, Psalm 115, Isaiah 6, Isaiah 32, Jeremiah 5, Jeremiah 6, Matthew 11, Matthew 13, Acts 7, Acts 28, Romans 11