Psalm 17

Psalm 17 has David reaching out to God to get some attention.  He wants God’s help with his situation.  So he cries out.  He asks God to listen.  Sometimes we just take on the overwhelming in our own power and never even give God a second thought.  We forget that He is waiting for our call – that He desires to come to our aid.  But we need to ask Him to do that.  We need to seek His help.

David reminds us that he is walking rightly with God.  Not in a prideful way – but the facts – just the facts:

–       “You have tried my heart

–       you have visited me by night

–       you have tested me

–       you will find nothing

–       I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress

–       I have avoided the ways of the violent

–       My steps have held fast to your paths

–       my feet have not slipped

David is walking well with God.  He lives his life openly before God.  He has a relationship – one that allows him to seek God’s help at any time.  “I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me; hear my words. Wondrously show your steadfast love”.  David knows God well.  They have a relationship that is on a first name basis.  David knows God loves him and will answer when he calls.  We can have that same kind of relationship.

David calls to God to protect him.  He asks God to keep him in a special place.  “Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings”.  David is looking to God for his protection, not his own credentials as a mighty warrior.  Remember that he has killed tens of thousands yet he comes to God for protection.  That is wisdom – when we rely on God rather than self.  He makes sure the battle is the Lords.  “Arise, O Lord! Confront him, subdue him! Deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword, from men by your hand”.  David puts his trust in God alone.  But he never forgets the foundation – his relationship with God.  He keeps God where He belongs.  “As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness”.

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