Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 17)

12 Aug

Psalm 17
A prayer of David.Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 6.22.00 AM

1 Hear me, Lord, my plea is just;
listen to my cry.
Hear my prayer—
it does not rise from deceitful lips.
2 Let my vindication come from you;
may your eyes see what is right.

3 Though you probe my heart,
though you examine me at night and test me,
you will find that I have planned no evil;
my mouth has not transgressed.
4 Though people tried to bribe me,
I have kept myself from the ways of the violent
through what your lips have commanded.
5 My steps have held to your paths;
my feet have not stumbled.

6 I call on you, my God, for you will answer me;
turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
7 Show me the wonders of your great love,
you who save by your right hand
those who take refuge in you from their foes.
8 Keep me as the apple of your eye;
hide me in the shadow of your wings
9 from the wicked who are out to destroy me,
from my mortal enemies who surround me.

10 They close up their callous hearts,
and their mouths speak with arrogance.
11 They have tracked me down, they now surround me,
with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.
12 They are like a lion hungry for prey,
like a fierce lion crouching in cover.

13 Rise up, Lord, confront them, bring them down;
with your sword rescue me from the wicked.
14 By your hand save me from such people, Lord,
from those of this world whose reward is in this life.
May what you have stored up for the wicked fill their bellies;
may their children gorge themselves on it,
and may there be leftovers for their little ones.

15 As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face;
when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.


Posted by on August 12, 2016 in Psalm 17


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2 responses to “Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 17)

  1. Allan McKechnie

    August 13, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Good exegesis Larry. How is this Psalm especially relevant to you now?

  2. Dr. Larry Dixon

    August 14, 2016 at 5:21 am

    Great question, my friend.
    This Psalm is especially relevant to me now, not because I see others as enemies, but because of the Lord’s deep concern for me and my family. They (and I) need to see the Lord meeting our needs, providing opportunities for service, encouraging our hearts during this difficult transition time. I sure appreciate your faithful prayers and friendship, Al. Larry


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