每日诗歌: The Lord is My Shepherd (Rutter) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNDSjrdj530)
最后，大卫祈求神的伸冤。 “耶和华阿，求你起来，前去迎敌，将他打倒，用你的刀救护我命脱离恶人”（17:13）。 “耶和华阿，求你用手救我脱离世人”（17:14）。这里强调的是营救和保全，而不是灭绝敌人的能力，因为神的应许是“伸冤在我， 我必报应”（申命记32:35）
Psalms 17 [Read]
Psalms 18 [Read]
Acts 19:1-20 [Read]
Psalm 17 is one of five prayers in Psalms, and this one is attributed to David. Analyzing this psalm helps us see how the one after God’s own heart brought his supplications before the LORD.
David started with self vindication. “Give ears to my prayer – it does not rise from deceitful lips” (17:1). His heart was pure, and his mouth committed no sin (17:3). His actions were based on the word of God (17:40), and he declared that “my steps have held to your paths; my feet have not slipped” (17:5). These are bold statements to make to an omniscient God, but David was unwavering in his vindication. Dare we begin our prayer with such boldness and purity? David’s sincerity and transparency before God is admirable, and this shows the importance of self-examination before our supplications to our Lord. A pure heart and a godly life are more pleasing to God than false humility.
David continued with pleading for protection. “Keep me as the apple of your eyes; hide me in the shadow of your wings” (17:8). He was bold about his purity, but he was also well aware of his needs for protection from God. Though David was a mighty warrior in people’s eyes, he knew about his own limitations. He came before God like a child before his father, and he asked for protection from all attacks of enemies. Asking for protection from God is not a sign of weakness but an indication of godly wisdom.
Finally, David asked for vengeance of God. “Rise up, O LORD, confront them, bring them down; rescue me from the wicked by your sword” (17:13). “O LORD, by your hand save me from such men” (17:14). The emphasis here is rescue and save instead of power to annihilate the enemies, for the promise of God was “it is mine to avenge, I shall repay” (Dt 32:35).
The ending of David’s prayer was touching. “When I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness” (17:15). All the wealth and reward of this life were meaningless to him (17:14), for he longed to be face-to-face with his Lord like Moses did (Nu 12:8). Indeed, we all are going to sleep someday. When we awake at the end, whom do we want to see the most? The answer of such question determines how earnest we are to obey the Word of God.
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