Psalm 17:10-15 [NLT]
10 They are without pity.
Listen to their boasting!
11 They track me down and surround me,
watching for the chance to throw me to the ground.
12 They are like hungry lions, eager to tear me apart—
like young lions hiding in ambush.
13 Arise, O Lord!
Stand against them, and bring them to their knees!
Rescue me from the wicked with your sword!
14 By the power of your hand, O Lord,
destroy those who look to this world for their reward.
But satisfy the hunger of your treasured ones.
May their children have plenty,
leaving an inheritance for their descendants.
15 Because I am righteous, I will see you.
When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied.
It’s Monday morning and it’s not other people tracking me down or surrounding me; it’s the busyness of life – phone calls to make, lessons to study, people to see. It can all become very overwhelming and somehow it’s You that seems to get pushed out of the way. Like the psalmist I plea, Arise O Lord, by the power of your mighty hand make this day count for Your glory. I lift my Sunday Morning praises to You on Monday morning, and every morning, singing of Your wonder, Your Power, Your love. I confess that I let “stuff” just plain old “stuff” sometimes consume me. Make my day, my week count towards Kingdom purposes. Help me prioritize, Help me be purposeful, Help me to claim Your promises and Help me provide comfort to those in need. May we all claim the assurance of verse 15: that someday, and only You know when that “someday” day will be – “… I will see You. When I awake, I will see You face to face and be satisfied” Make today marvelous, as we trust You for our tomorrows. In Jesus name, Amen
From the book: Songs of Jesus:
HOPE IN THE DARKNESS. The callous people who cross any line, flout every law, laugh at compassion, and do whatever it takes to be happy right now are indeed those we need to fear in this life. Living a self-absorbed life will always be at the cost of everyone else. In such a dark world, David maintains hope. He remembers that cruelty always comes home to roost (verse 14). But verse 15 goes far beyond such computation, reminding us that someday we will see the Lord as he is (1 John 3:2; 2 Corinthians 3:18). To gaze into infinite beauty and to receive such infinite love will give us a satisfaction that will last forever.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the confidence your resurrection gives me that in the end all wrongs will be made right. Thank you for allowing me to rest in the assurance of my future resurrection and of living with you forever. Knowing this heals all wounds. Amen… Allow me the privilege to share Your matchless grace today because of the hope of a better tomorrow.