February 1, Reading 2 – Psalm 17


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SAA Notes

Knowing David’s history, you might wonder at his words in this psalm. However, in life, not everything bad that happens to you will be the result of your own doing. Many times it will be because of others. Read again verses 6-9. Then too, this is the word of the Messiah! David was to be an example of godliness to all believers. How important it is that God gave us Jesus, who stood the test where David failed!

SJA Notes

Sometimes it is hard to make sense of how David can say his lips are free of deceit. Wasn’t this the guy who ordered the murder of a faithful warrior to get to his beautiful wife?

David isn’t working to some sinless perfection crooked theology. Rather, he has grasped the truth of Job. As Stuart Snr says, not everything bad that happens to us is a direct result of our own sin.

So David can say that in this, the “just cause”, he is free of deceit.

“Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings,” v8 – How wonderful are these words, the imagery, the beauty, the steadfast hope in them. God loves us! God protects us!

And then David moves onto the enemy.

It’s pretty easy to make the link from v12 to the devil, satan, the roaring lion, “He is like a lion eager to tear, as a young lion lurking in ambush.”

From our perspective, we need to be careful with the enemy. Peter exhorts us in 1 Peter 5 v8 to, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

David knows this, so he calls on the Lord in v13 of the psalm, “Arise, O LORD! Confront him, subdue him!”

How good is it that Jesus has done this! At the cross, at the cross, Jesus conquered death, crushed the head of the serpent, He won the victory!

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

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