Thank you for joining me in this second journey through Praying the Psalms. In the original writing of this series, I chose a random selection of the Psalms for this journey. You will notice that we are skipping ahead several chapters today to Psalm 17.
Prayer with Confidence in Final Salvation
A Prayer of David.
1 Hear a just cause, O Lord,
Attend to my cry;
Give ear to my prayer which is not from deceitful lips.
2 Let my vindication come from Your presence;
Let Your eyes look on the things that are upright.
3 You have tested my heart;
You have visited me in the night;
You have tried me and have found nothing;
I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.
4 Concerning the works of men,
By the word of Your lips,
I have kept away from the paths of the destroyer.
5 Uphold my steps in Your paths,
That my footsteps may not slip.
6 I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God;
Incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech.
7 Show Your marvelous lovingkindness by Your right hand,
O You who save those who trust in You
From those who rise up against them.
8 Keep me as the apple of Your eye;
Hide me under the shadow of Your wings,
9 From the wicked who oppress me,
From my deadly enemies who surround me.
10 They have closed up their fat hearts;
With their mouths they speak proudly.
11 They have now surrounded us in our steps;
They have set their eyes, crouching down to the earth,
12 As a lion is eager to tear his prey,
And like a young lion lurking in secret places.
13 Arise, O Lord,
Confront him, cast him down;
Deliver my life from the wicked with Your sword,
14 With Your hand from men, O Lord,
From men of the world who have their portion in this life,
And whose belly You fill with Your hidden treasure.
They are satisfied with children,
And leave the rest of their possession for their babes.
15 As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness;
I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.
The worship music that I chose today is definitely a flashback. The style is kind of dated but the words will be familiar to so many of you. This is the first song that came to mind as I read this psalm today – “I will call upon the Lord”.
Link for today’s worship song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISwdDNmg7NI
As I read these words of David today in Psalm 17, I realize that these types of statements have to begin with total honesty and transparency before You. David invited You to examine his heart and try him like a lawyer in a courtroom. Before I can say that You have “tried me and found nothing”, I must first confess any known sin in my life. In addition, I have to pray that You will show me any areas of my life that I am overlooking as sinful and dishonoring to You. Lord, begin that work in my heart today. Open my eyes to whatever there is in my life that is not honoring You. Then, as we read in vs. 5, help me to stay on Your path. I don’t want to simply have revival moments – I want to turn away from what’s dishonoring to You and I want to chart a new course with my life on a daily basis. Then Lord, I believe I will echo the words of David, believing that my life will be pleasant to You. That’s only by Your grace, not by anything impressive that I can do – that’s for sure! I’ll be satisfied when I awake in your likeness.
Source for Bible Text – BibleGateway.com – New King James Version