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Psalm 17 (NIV)
A prayer of David.
1 Hear me, Lord, my plea is just; listen to my cry. Hear my prayer— it does not rise from deceitful lips. 2 Let my vindication come from you;
may your eyes see what is right. 3 Though you probe my heart, though you examine me at night and test me, you will find that I have planned no evil; my mouth has not transgressed. 4 Though people tried to bribe me, I have kept myself from the ways of the violent through what your lips have commanded. 5 My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not stumbled. 6 I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. 7 Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. 8 Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings 9 from the wicked who are out to destroy me, from my mortal enemies who surround me. 10 They close up their callous hearts, and their mouths speak with arrogance. 11 They have tracked me down, they now surround me, with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground. 12 They are like a lion hungry for prey, like a fierce lion crouching in cover. 13 Rise up, Lord, confront them, bring them down; with your sword rescue me from the wicked. 14 By 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 it, and may there be leftovers for their little ones. 15 As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face;
when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.
Of the three things that David prays for, justice, protection, and God’s fellowship, what does he desire most?
It’s comforting knowing that You protect us, “hide me in the shadow of Your wings” however, help me Lord to understand that I have not missed Your protection if I experience troubles. Help me see that Your protection has far greater purposes than helping me avoid pain, perhaps it makes me a better servant for You. Help me see also that You protect me by guiding me through painful circumstances, not only helping me escape them! Lord, please help me to not measure my happiness by the amount of wealth I possess or to let power, pleasure, and financial security overshadow the eternal value of my relationship with You, as they will all fade away. Reveal to me that the true measurement of happiness is found in Your love and doing Your will, only then will I find true happiness by putting my relationship with You above earthly riches. Putting my trust in You, Amen.
(Today’s prayer submitted by Jodi Schulteis)