Daily Devotional Wednesday 6th October

by William Moody

Psalm 17

In the Shadow of Your Wings

A Prayer of David.

17:1   Hear a just cause, O LORD; attend to my cry!
    Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit!
  From your presence let my vindication come!
    Let your eyes behold the right!
  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.
  With regard to the works of man, by the word of your lips
    I have avoided the ways of the violent.
  My steps have held fast to your paths;
    my feet have not slipped.
  I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
    incline your ear to me; hear my words.
  Wondrously show1 your steadfast love,
    O Savior of those who seek refuge
    from their adversaries at your right hand.
  Keep me as the apple of your eye;
    hide me in the shadow of your wings,
  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.2
  You fill their womb with treasure;3
    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.

Footnotes

[1] 17:7 Or Distinguish me by
[2] 17:14 Or from men whose portion in life is of the world
[3] 17:14 Or As for your treasured ones, you fill their womb

(ESV)

If we expect answers to our prayers there needs to be integrity in how we live before God. David speaks 0 his integrity before God (v1-5). Can we pray with such confidence in the integrity of our living? David is confident of God’s answer, God’s love, God’s delight in him and God’s deliverance (v6-9).

David unburdens his heart about those who attack him (v10-12). We need to be unburdening ourselves more and more before the Lord. We often fail to have the peace we could have because we neglect to do this.

David then asks for God’s intervention (v13-14). We are in a spiritual battle and we need to pray for God’s constant intervening.

But David’s great longing is in seeing the Lord (v15). His passion is not just for what he can get from God, but his passion is for God Himself. Have you a similar passion? Is Jesus your passion?

 

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