“Lord , hear a just cause; pay attention to my cry; listen to my prayer — from lips free of deceit. You have tested my heart; You have examined me at night. You have tried me and found nothing evil; I have determined that my mouth will not sin. I call on You, God, because You will answer me; listen closely to me; hear what I say. But I will see Your face in righteousness; when I awake, I will be satisfied with Your presence.”
Psalms 17:1, 3, 6, 15
Psalm 17 is yet another Psalm where David is crying out to God to save him from his enemies. Before we judge David for seeming being oppsessed about having God rescue him, we should interstand that David really did spend about a quarter of his years being pursued by various people whose intent was to kill him! He had called out to God time and time again to save him and God really had miraculously rescused him every time! From Philistines to jealous kings to his own obsessive son, David had
Upon his death, David was remembered as a man “after God’s owe heart”. David desired uninterupted fellowship with God. Repeatedly in the Psalms, we find him asking God to seach his heart for sin or for even a trace of an attitude that would offend God (Psalm 139:1, 23-24, Psalm 51:1). Obviously, he’s already asked God for that in this Psalm. He states to God, “my cause is just, my lips have not lied or decieved, for You (God) have searched me”!
David was confident that if he would call on God, God would answer him (vs 6), so he made that his habit. I wonder what would happen if we made God our number1 “go-to” solution, instead of our last resort-how different life might look?
David finishes his psalm by saying “though my enemies surrond me (vs 9), “when I awake, I will be satisfied with Your Presence.” To awake means that he must have had the confidence in God’s protection to lie down and sleep. He also expects God to satisfy his deepest needs. What’s your relationship with God like? Do you rely on Him?
Think about it!