Psalm 17:1-9 [NLT]
1 O Lord, hear my plea for justice.
Listen to my cry for help.
Pay attention to my prayer,
for it comes from honest lips.
2 Declare me innocent,
for you see those who do right.
3 You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart in the night.
You have scrutinized me and found nothing wrong.
I am determined not to sin in what I say.
4 I have followed your commands,
which keep me from following cruel and evil people.
5 My steps have stayed on your path;
I have not wavered from following you.
6 I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God.
Bend down and listen as I pray.
7 Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways.
By your mighty power you rescue
those who seek refuge from their enemies.
8 Guard me as you would guard your own eyes.*
Hide me in the shadow of your wings.
9 Protect me from wicked people who attack me,
from murderous enemies who surround me.
Like David I’m not sinless, but I’m blameless because of the sacrificial love of Jesus. When You examine me, You see Christ’s righteousness. Thank you for Your great unfailing love, a love that forgives, forgets and finds me wanting and hears my prayers. When I fail to follow You, You lead me back, when my thoughts are less than, You return me to more than enough grace. You rescue from myself, from situations I end up in and from misunderstandings. You do more than rescue me, You guard me and protect me. You do it because I’m Your child. Holy Spirit teach me to be like you, caring, helpful, protective, and a shelter to others in their storms of life. My favorite line in this portion of this psalm is, “bend down and listen as I pray”. It’s my favorite because it speaks to my heart of Your far reaching compassion. It reminds again or your faithfulness , God with us, #Immanuel. Teach me to bend down and listen to other people’s needs and may I bring You glory by being other minded, may it be my act of worship.
the following is an excerpt From: Timothy Keller & Kathy Keller. “The Songs of Jesus.“
A CLEAR CONSCIENCE. David is not claiming to be sinless as a human; he is denying that he is corrupt as a ruler. He has not lied to his people (verse 3) or taken bribes (verse 4). He is being falsely accused but his conscience is clear. How can we always keep a clear conscience? There are two parts to it. Do the right thing. But when you don’t, immediately repent, knowing that you are “the apple of [God’s] eye.” In Christ, astonishingly, God does indeed see us as perfect (Philippians 3:9–10). So whether you are falsely accused or fallen and recovered, you can walk with your head up.
Prayer: Lord, help me to not care so much what others think of me. But help me to not even care so much about what I think of myself. Remind my heart that when you look on me you find me “in Christ” and see beauty. Let me rest in that. Amen.”