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Psalm 17

June 4, 2009

This is another prayer of David asking for the Lord’s help. He comes to the Lord with confidence and with assurance that he is righteous in God’s eyes. Not only is he righteous but his request is righteous. He does not come with an air of hypocrisy. David has confidence that God sees the same things he sees, that God has the same concerns that David has, that God considers him as righteous, following God and not following the desires of man’s heart. Such confidence and assurance is possible only if we humbly approach God asking Him to examine our heart and to ask for His forgiveness for our sin. We must seek to know God’s heart and to have God’s heart.

David not only has confidence that God considers him righteous, but that God will hear his prayer and answer it. He is confident that what he asks is also what God wills, wants, and desires. David wants God’s love to surface and be evident to all who trust in God. They are to be his witnesses. David asks for special consideration and protection. [I am not sure if this prayer was offered before David became king or after.] My speculation is that this takes place during King Saul’s pursuit of David to kill him before he can be crowned king. David asks to be rescued and saved from those who are pursuing him and who wish him dead.

David expresses confidence in the Lord’s ability to meet and exceed the needs of His children, those He cherishes. David is confident in seeing the Lord’s sovereignty take control. Regardless if David lives or dies, he will see the face of God. As God’s child he will see God in life or death.

That is the confidence we have as Christians, as those who place their faith in Christ, as those who have asked Him for forgiveness of our sin, placed our trust in Him, and are considered righteous in His sight. We can be confident that God hears, that God answers, and that we will see the face of God as His answer is revealed before our eyes.

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