"Incline Your ear to me, rescue me quickly; be to me a Rock of Strength." (Psalm 31:2)
When we take a tumble and cry out to God in our shame and distress, the psalmist says God "inclines His ear" to us. He bends over to listen. We say, "Oh, Father, I've failed! I've failed terribly. Look at what I've done!" And then God puts His arms around us, just as a loving earthly father would do. He then says, "I accept you just as you are. I acknowledge that what you have done was wrong, as you've confessed it to Me. Now, My son, My daughter, let's move on."
-- Charles Swindoll in Bedside Blessings