"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.”
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!