Psalm 17 (March 9, 2011)

[1] Hear a just cause, O LORD; attend to my cry! Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit!  [2] From your presence let my vindication come! Let your eyes behold the right!  [3] You have tried my heart, you have visited me by night, you have tested me, and you will find nothing; I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.  [4] With regard to the works of man, by the word of your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent.  [5] My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped.  [6] I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me; hear my words.  [7] Wondrously show your steadfast love, O Savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand.  [8] Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings,  [9] from the wicked who do me violence, my deadly enemies who surround me.  [10] They close their hearts to pity; with their mouths they speak arrogantly.  [11] They have now surrounded our steps; they set their eyes to cast us to the ground.  [12] He is like a lion eager to tear, as a young lion lurking in ambush.  [13] Arise, O LORD! Confront him, subdue him! Deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword,  [14] from men by your hand, O LORD, from men of the world whose portion is in this life. You fill their womb with treasure; they are satisfied with children, and they leave their abundance to their infants.  [15] As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness. (Psalm 17 ESV)

Save Me

David begins this section with a declaration of trust in the Lord. He is calling on God to save him, knowing that God will do it. He asks him to listen twice, and then he calls upon God to act in accordance with his character: steadfast love. This is a comment about God’s covenant fidelity. God is faithful to his people and David knows this and asks him to be consistent with his character with great metaphors:

1. Apple of your eye: This is a Hebrew metaphor describing the pupil, or the center of the eye.

2. The shadow of your wings: This is all about protection, covering, shelter, refuge. This phrase is used a lot in the Scriptures (Psalm 36:7; 57:1; 63:7; Ruth 2:12; 3:9).

Hope in the Psalms

Our God is a God of protection! He is a God of refuge! What are you hiding in today? Are you hiding beneath the vail of your own self-righteousness, or have you run to Jesus and sought refuge in his grace and mercy and justice?

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