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Monday, 23 September 2019

Psalms 17

“Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways. By your mighty power you rescue those who seek refuge from their enemies.” -Psalm 17:7 [NLT]

The psalm portrays David’s plea when he faced persecution, as he cries out for justice and to rescue him from all accusations and harassment. David opens his conversation with God by saying: “Hear a just cause, O LORD...” It’s a prayer with confidence. Wicked people were trying to oppress and persecute David for something that they thought he had done wrong. But when we look at David’s prayer, we can see his confidence in his innocence regarding the matter. He says that:

  • Psa. 17:1 – his prayer is not from deceitful lips

  • Psa. 17:3 – he wants God to test his heart, visit him at night; but can find nothing in him

  • Psa. 17:3 – he is sure that his mouth has not transgressed

As David was surrounded by enemies many times we may also be engulfed by many problems—a back-stabbing collegue at work place, the family who is opposed to you because you accepted the Lord Jesus as your Saviour, or business rivals who plot against you or false accusations or abuse— whatever it be, we come to a point where we feel torn apart. And then we just run to God for His divine protection.

In Psa. 17:7-8 we see David prays for a rescue operation and to keep him as the apple of God’s eye. We can be assured of the promise in Psalm 91:15: ”He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.” The confidence for a child of God is seen in Zechariah 2:8: “For he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye.” You need to know your position in Christ and submit to Him in prayer. Then we can be confident as David was. David would not have been addressed as a man after God’s own heart, if he had not been a man of prayer and submission.

Let us look into ourselves and our prayer life. Are we confident enough to say as David said that my lips and my mouth have not transgressed, they are pure? Are we ready to give our hearts to be tested by God? Unfortunately, many times when our prayers go unanswered, we blame God. But from today on, instead of blaming God, let us look within and understand our shortfalls and be willing to correct them. Only then we will be able to pray confidently as David prayed. Only then we will be also called as David was called as ‘a man after God’s own heart’ (Acts 13:22). 

Though David begins this Psalm with a cry, but it ends with the declaration of a great hope. God is working on the canvas of our personal life to make us more like Him if we are willing to cooperate with Him and allow the transformation to take place. The fullness of this work can be seen only when we meet Him face to face and we will be completely satisfied by the work done for each of us. 

Thought for the Day:

“As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness;

I will be satisfied with Your likeness when I awake.”

Psalm 17:15 NASB

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