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  • Psalm Seventeen

    I call upon you, Lord, to judge me.
    Hear my prayer and weigh my words.
    Pass judgement on me, Lord,
    based on my actions.

    You watch me every day,
    you see all the things I do.
    You hear what I say,
    you know my heart.

    I have not sinned against you.
    Continue to guide me, Lord,
    do not let my feet
    stray from your path.

    I call on you, Lord,
    I know you hear my prayers
    I know you listen when I speak to you.
    Show your mercy and love for me.

    Save me from powerful men
    who rise up against me.
    Show them you are pleased with me,
    stand before me, that I come to no harm.

    Powerful men with evil intent
    are standing against me, Lord.
    They have wealth in excess,
    they are fat with worldly treasures.

    They speak out foolishly against you, Lord,
    and plot to take what is yours.
    They are like hungry lions
    lying in wait for the opportunity to pounce.

    Rise up, Lord. Shatter their hopes,
    destroy their wealth, remove their power.
    Save me by your hand and not my own,
    so the people will see you are God.

    I ask no more than to remain
    your faithful servant, oh Lord.
    It will be enough for me,
    to know you are always with me.

    King David spent a lot of time on his knees. He was by no means perfect, as we will see in future writings, but he did get one thing right. David knew the value of staying in touch with God.

    It's really the hardest thing in a walk of faith. Prayer is not merely talking to God, but also depending on Him, relying on Him to guide you. Prayer is listening to God as well as talking. That's the part most of us miss.

    In today's Psalm, David is asking to be saved, but not for himself. He is asking God to show the chosen people that all power rests in God, and not in earthly might. He begins by asking God to judge him, for God to punish him if he has sinned. He does not proclaim his own righteousness, but asks God to declare him righteous, based on his words and actions. David is willing to be judged by God.

    When you talk to God, do you listen for his reply?


    “If I fail to spend two hours in prayer each morning, the devil gets the victory through the day. I have so much business I cannot get on without spending three hours daily in prayer." - Martin Luther
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