What is God saying to you through the scriptures today?
Throughout the life of David, especially while he was younger and being pursued by King Saul, he faced and overcame many challenges. While we don’t know the circumstances of this particular Psalm, we can tell that David is in the midst of a dangerous situation and is praying to God for rescue. Like David, one of the most frequent times that we go to God is when we’re facing difficulties in life and finally turn to God after everything else we’ve tried hasn’t worked. At least, I know that’s been true in my life, and I bet there have been times in yours that you finally turned to God as a last resort.
One important aspect that we see in David’s prayer as he faces difficulty is that he doesn’t pray hoping God will hear and answer, but knowing that God will. We also see that David is trusting God with the response; he’s faced lions and enemies before and overcame them, so he certainly has the ability and experience, but trusts God to protect him and guide his steps. How might your prayers change if you prayed knowing God hears and responds?
God, examine my heart and mind for anything offensive to you; forgive me of my sin. I pray today knowing that you listen and respond. I trust you to show up in the storms of life with your unfailing love and to protect me from those that would seek to harm me. Amen.
We see in Psalm 17 that David starts his prayer having already examined his thoughts and heart for sin. Sin can often be a barrier that prevents us from experiencing God’s best in our lives. Set aside a few minutes before you pray this week to examine your life for any unconfessed sin that you need to repent of.