April 28, 2021
READ – APRIL 28 BIBLE DEVOTION: Psalm 17
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 [a]tried me and have found [b]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 [c]save those who trust in You From those who rise up against them.
8 Keep me as the [d]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.
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David is struggling here in Psalm 17 because of unjust accusation and hostility from his enemies. His accusers seek to bring him down in both words (verse 10 They have closed up their fat hearts; With their mouths they speak proudly. )and actions (verse 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.)
The anxiety, pain, and resentment that arise in the midst of such attacks can feel overwhelming. Everything in us longs to defend ourselves, to fight back, to validate our name. But what does David do? He rests his heart in God and in God’s final justice. He appeals to heaven for vindication rather than seeking to execute it on earth. David knows that God is the Savior (verse 7 Show Your marvelous lovingkindness by Your right hand, O You who [c]save those who trust in You From those who rise up against them.)
It is clear from David’s point of view is that, while God promises to be with us, He does not promise that we will not face challenges. Thus the note on which David ends (verse 15 As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness;I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.)
As God’s people, along with David, we see the length to which God would ultimately go, at the height of human history, in (“the fulness of time” Galatians 4:4), to send His only begotten Son through death and resurrection; Jesus, the God-Man, whom we will see one day face to face (Revelation 22:3 And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. 4 They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.)
Until then, as a church family, let’s keep giving Him praise and glory. We must trust Him in and through the challenges we face. We can testify with the apostle Paul that “His grace is sufficient.” By that grace we can and will get through what we’re going through.
We enjoyed a wonderful time of worship this past Sunday through singing, prayer and proclaiming God’s Word.
It was great to celebrate Billy and Roxanne Mills’ 50th Anniversary. What a joyous occasion.
Remember to pray for one another.
Looking forward to gathering to worship the Lord and encourage one another this Sunday, May 2!
Love and prayer,
Pastor Mike Owen