Psalm 17

Psalm 17

Author: David

“Hide Me Under the Shadow of Your Wings”

Verse 1 – Hear a just cause, O Lord, attend to my cry; give ear to my prayer that is not from deceitful lips.

Verse 2 – Let my vindication come from Your presence; let Your eyes look on the things that are upright.

Verse 3 – You have tested my heart; You have visited me in the night; You have tried me and have found nothing; I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.

God is the One who tests and tries people, particularly their motives. He is the only One who can declare a person righteous. This is not a statement declared by David, of absolute righteousness, as found in the New Testament, but righteousness in terms of being habitually faithful to God and avoiding behavior that characterizes sin and rebellion against God. Therefore, Davids claim to goodness was based on him continually seeking after God.

Verse 4 – Concerning the works of men, by the Word of Your lips, I have kept myself from the paths of the destroyer.

Verse 5 – Uphold my steps in Your paths, that my footsteps may not slip.

David didn’t want to go in any direction that God didn’t want him to go. He totally wanted God to direct him in every step he took, to do God’s will only. Psalm 119:133 says, “Direct my steps by Your Word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me.” It’s a great comfort for us to know that God is, and will direct our paths in life and place us exactly where He wants us to be. There is security in trusting Him, knowing He only wants the best for our lives.

Verse 6 – I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God; incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech.

Verse 7 – Show Your loving-kindness by Your right hand, O You, who save those who trust in You, from those who rise up against them.

Verse 8 – Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me under the shadow of Your wings.

Having faith in a loving God, is knowing how much we are loved. David wasn’t speaking arrogantly about being the apple of God’s eye, he was simply letting God know that he knew he was loved. Just as we protect the most crucial part of our own eyes, God protects us with His unfailing love. Too many people in our world today, have no idea how much our Creator loves and protects us. Let’s not ever doubt that love, when trouble comes our way. That trouble just might be leading you into the greatest blessing you have ever seen. God’s purpose is always greater than what we can see at the moment!

Verse 9 – From the wicked who oppress me, from my deadly enemies who surround me.

Verse 10 – They have closed up their fat hearts; with their mouths they speak proudly.

Verse 11 – They have now surrounded us in our steps; they have set their eyes, crouching down to the earth,

Verse 12 – Like a lion that is eager to tear his prey, and as a young lion lurking in secret places.

The idea here is that the enemies of God had become hardened toward Him and were surrounding David to attack him because he was faithful to God.

Verse 13 – Arise, O Lord, confront him, cast him down; deliver my life from the wicked with Your sword,

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 substance for their babes.

Verse 15 – As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.

In verse 14, the meaning for world is similar to the Greek word, “Cosmos,” in the New Testament. It describes the world’s system that is against God. These men that David spoke of, belonged to the world. Their inheritance or portion was only in this earthly life. God would fill their bellies with punishment, so much that it would continue in the next generation (Exodus 20:5; Deuteronomy 5:9; Job 21:19).

In verse 15, what David wrote shows he believed in the after life. Belief in resurrection was not widespread in the Old Testament times. Isaiah wrote in , Isaiah 26:19, “Your dead shall live; together with my dead body they shall arise. Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust; for your dew is like the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.”

Because we have the New Testament, we know for sure, there is coming a day when the dead in Christ shall rise!” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ shall rise first.”

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