Daily Devotions


Day 120

"I have called upon You"

Day 120 – Psalm 17

“I have called upon You” Psalm 17:6a


The prayer of David (Psalm 17) had a number of components. There are at least three component parts. They may be summarised in the following way:-

1. A plea for vindication Psalm 17:1-4

2. A plea for protection Psalm 17:5-8

3. An imprecatory element Psalm 17:9-14


Vindication from God must be accompanied by Divine protection. This was David’s plea after his petition for vindication.

“I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God;
Incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech.
Show Your marvelous lovingkindness by Your right hand,
O You who save those who trust in You
From those who rise up against them.
Keep me as the apple of Your eye;
Hide me under the shadow of Your wings.”
Psalm 17:6-8

1. Confidence that God would hear this prayer

a) All prayers must be accompanied by faith.
b) David’s plea was certainly backed up by strong and confident faith (Psalm 17:6).

2. Confidence in the Person of God

a) He is one known for His “marvelous lovingkindness” (Psalm 17:7a).
b) He would never let down those who trust Him (Psalm 17:7b).

3. Confidence in the kind of protection that God would give

a) God would keep His beloved children as “the apple of (His) eye” (Psalm 17:8a)
b) He would protect them “under the shadow of (His) wings”.

David knew God as both Vindicator and Protector! How wonderful it is to have such knowledge of God in a troubled world!