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FRAMEWORKS: Psa 17

 

(The objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses for meditation. To focus each verse we have also added a subheading summary as a description of what is happening)

 

FRAMEWORKS: Psalm 17

 

A prayer of David.

 

[Preliminary Comments: Not a song but a simple prayer, crying out for the Lord to come and save David from enemies that are almost upon him. He first declares his righteousness [v.1-5], the foundation of his trust that the Lord will help him [v.6-8]. Thus he cries to the Lord to help him, to protect and deliver him [v.8,13,14] from his enemies who are out to get him [v.9-12]. When this happens the world will look on and see him vindicated, supported by God Himself [v.15].

 

v.1 My cry to you Lord comes from truthful lips

v.1  Hear me, Lord , my plea is just;
     listen to my cry.
Hear my prayer—
     it does not rise from deceitful lips.

v.2 You can check me out if you will

v.2  Let my vindication come from you;
     may your eyes see what is right.

 

v.3-5 Look into me and see no wrong

v.3  Though you probe my heart,
     though you examine me at night and test me,
you will find that I have planned no evil;
     my mouth has not transgressed.
v.4  Though people tried to bribe me,
     I have kept myself from the ways of the violent
     through what your lips have commanded.
v.5  My steps have held to your paths;
     my feet have not stumbled.

 

v.6 So I call to you in confidence

v.6  I call on you, my God, for you will answer me;
     turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.

v.7 Extend your amazing love to me as you do to all who come to you

v.7  Show me the wonders of your great love,
     you who save by your right hand
     those who take refuge in you from their foes.

v.8 Watch me as your precious one, keep me protected by your closeness

v.8  Keep me as the apple of your eye;
     hide me in the shadow of your wings

v.9 Yes, keep me from my enemies out to get me

v.9  from the wicked who are out to destroy me,
     from my mortal enemies who surround me.

 

v.10 They have set themselves against me, speaking out of pride

v.10  They close up their callous hearts,
     and their mouths speak with arrogance.

v.11 They have found me, surround me and desire to pull me down

v.11  They have tracked me down, they now surround me,
     with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.

v.12 They're just like a ravaging lion out to kill its prey

v.12  They are like a lion hungry for prey,
     like a fierce lion crouching in cover.

 

v.13 So rise up against them on my behalf Lord

v.13  Rise up, Lord , confront them, bring them down;
     with your sword rescue me from the wicked.

v.14 Deliver me from the ungodly, desiring what they can get of this world

v.14  By your hand save me from such people, Lord ,
     from those of this world whose reward is in this life.
May what you have stored up for the wicked fill their bellies;
     may their children gorge themselves on it,
     and may there be leftovers for their little ones.

 

v.15 As for me I will be seen to be righteous before you, my ever-present saviour

v.15  As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face;
     when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.

 

 

[Additional Thoughts: David's trust against his enemies who seek to kill him is in the Lord. To the best of his ability he has remained righteous and so he does not fear calling on the Lord. He trusts the Lord will deliver him and the end result will be an ever closer walk with the Lord.]

   

      

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