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)
prayer of David.
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
My cry to you Lord comes from truthful lips
me, Lord ,
my plea is just;
listen to my cry.
Hear my prayer—
it does not rise from deceitful lips.
You can check me out if you will
my vindication come from you;
may your eyes see what is right.
Look into me and see no wrong
you probe my heart,
though you examine me at night and test
you will find that I have planned no evil;
my mouth has not transgressed.
people tried to bribe me,
I have kept myself from the ways of the
through what your lips have commanded.
steps have held to your paths;
my feet have not stumbled.
So I call to you in confidence
call on you, my God, for you will answer me;
turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
Extend your amazing love to me as you do to all who come to you
me the wonders of your great love,
you who save by your right hand
those who take refuge in you from their
Watch me as your precious one, keep me protected by your closeness
me as the apple of your eye;
hide me in the shadow of your wings
Yes, keep me from my enemies out to get me
the wicked who are out to destroy me,
from my mortal enemies who surround me.
They have set themselves against me, speaking out of pride
close up their callous hearts,
and their mouths speak with arrogance.
They have found me, surround me and desire to pull me down
have tracked me down, they now surround me,
with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground.
They're just like a ravaging lion out to kill its prey
are like a lion hungry for prey,
like a fierce lion crouching in cover.
So rise up against them on my behalf Lord
up, Lord ,
confront them, bring them down;
with your sword rescue me from the wicked.
Deliver me from the ungodly, desiring what they can get of this
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
and may there be leftovers for their
As for me I will be seen to be righteous before you, my ever-present
for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face;
when I awake, I will be satisfied with
seeing your likeness.
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.]
to Psa 18