LISTEN, GOD!

Psalms – Prayers of Honesty
 
How honest is my prayer when I ask God to look at my life and declare me innocent before others? David attempts to “build his case” before God. He has been accused of wrong doing and longs to be declared innocent in front of the world. So he cries out to God…
 
Psalm 17, The Message
A David Prayer
 
Psalm 17 listen1-2 Listen while I build my case, God,
the most honest prayer you’ll ever hear.
Show the world I’m innocent—
in your heart you know I am.
 
3 Go ahead, examine me from inside out,
surprise me in the middle of the night—
You’ll find I’m just what I say I am.
My words don’t run loose.
 
4-5 I’m not trying to get my way
in the world’s way.
I’m trying to get your way,
your Word’s way.
I’m staying on your trail;
I’m putting one foot
In front of the other.
I’m not giving up.
 
6-7 I call to you, God, because I’m sure of an answer.
So—answer! bend your ear! listen sharp!
Paint grace-graffiti on the fences;
take in your frightened children who
Are running from the neighborhood bullies
straight to you.
 
8-9 Keep your eye on me;
hide me under your cool wing feathers
From the wicked who are out to get me,
from mortal enemies closing in.
 
10-14 Their hearts are hard as nails,
their mouths blast hot air.
They are after me, nipping my heels,
determined to bring me down,
Lions ready to rip me apart,
young lions poised to pounce.
Up, God: beard them! break them!
By your sword, free me from their clutches;
Barehanded, God, break these mortals,
these flat-earth people who can’t think beyond today.
 
I’d like to see their bellies
swollen with famine food,
The weeds they’ve sown
harvested and baked into famine bread,
With second helpings for their children
and crusts for their babies to chew on.
 
Psalm 17 love for God15 And me? I plan on looking
you full in the face. When I get up,
I’ll see your full stature
and live heaven on earth.
 
SOMETHING TO CHEW…
King Saul and his leaders believed and circulated all kinds of lies about David, but the Lord and David knew the truth. David asked God to hear his plea, examine his life, and declare his integrity by giving him victory over the forces of Saul. Then everybody would know that God was with David, the man He had chosen to be Israel’s king. God knew that David’s prayer was sincere and that his life, though not sinless, was blameless. He was a man of integrity whose cause was a righteous one.
 
HEART CHECK:
Have you ever been in a situation where the “bullies” in your life falsely accused you to get you out of their way in climbing the social or work ladder of success in their eyes?
 
Have you ever attended a gossipy church where every detail of your life was examined and talked about because you were the pastor’s wife…or husband? (Or pastor, youth leader, teacher, pianist, worship leader, etc.) Maybe you relate to David’s prayer. Notice that David leaves his accusers in God’s hands. Notice also the David is honest before God with offering ways for his accusers to be dealt with but in the end David knows it’s not his call.
 
“And me? I plan on looking you full in the face. When I get up, I’ll see you…”
 
Psalm 17 I knowEvaluate and examine. How righteous is our cause? Is it what God wants? Are you trying to get YOUR way or God’s way? Are we doing what God asks us to do? If yes, then continue to do it with all that is in you. If no, then stop doing it.
 
David’s words in the middle his prayer should be our daily request of God:
 
“I’m not trying to get my way
in the world’s way.
I’m trying to get YOUR way,
your Word’s way.
I’m staying on your trail;
I’m putting one foot
In front of the other.
I’m not giving up.
I call to you, God, because I’m sure of an answer.”
 
Dear Heavenly Father,
We come to you with an honest, sincere heart. We repent of thinking we can go our own way without you. We need you every hour. We ask for your guidance. We thank you for your promise of Your Presence when we seek You. We thank you for being with us. When we look up and look full into Your glorious face everything else of this world fades from view. Thank you for helping us pray for our enemies with leaving them to you to judge. Thank you, Lord for saving our souls and declaring us innocent in your eyes…a little heaven on earth.
In Jesus Name, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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