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

“Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your sings, from the wicked who do me violence, my deadly enemies who surround me.”

David is hard-pressed up by human enemies. At times through his life it was close friends and family, as well as the enemies of God’s people such as the Philistines.

David says of those who seek him harm,

“He is like a lion eager to tear, as a young lion lurking in ambush.”

For us, regardless of our earthly situation (in which there are places and times when humans do great evil to one another) – We all of us have a supernatural enemy.

The apostle Peter exhorts us in 1 Peter 5,

“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 this psalm as he has previously,

“Arise, O LORD! Confront him, subdue him!”

How good for us then is it that God the Son, our King Jesus, has done this!

At the cross Jesus conquered death, crushed the head of the serpent, the devil. God won the victory!

* Holy God,

Thank You for Your steadfast love and faithfulness, and Your sovereign power, that we find our trust and hope grounded in.

That You are intentional to save us and powerful to enact it.

That You won the victory over sin, the devil and death at the cross!

Hallelujah Lord, What a Saviour You are!

Amen.

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