Psalm 17:12 “…the wicked who assail me…are like a lion hungry for prey, like a great lion crouching in cover.”
[Like a beast desperate for food, our enemies (primarily Satan and his hordes who use men for their purposes) are dangerous, destructive and determined. They are terrifying, terrible and too strong for me. I am in desperate need help before they overcome me.]
Psalm 17:13 “Rise up, O LORD, confront them, bring them down;”
[In your might, Lord, you can easily win this battle. You are the Creator of the universe, the Breather of the stars, Bringer of the dawn, Captain of history and Ender of time. You are strong enough to deliver us from any enemy.]
“rescue me from the wicked by your sword.”
[No one can withstand the onslaught of your sword of Truth and the Power of your right hand, Jesus. As John wrote in Rev. 19:11.21, “…there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war….[those who fought against God] were killed with the sword coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse….”]
Psalm 17:14 “O LORD, by your hand save me from such men, from men of this world whose reward is in this life”
[The wicked are in the hand of the wicked one; they live only for this world: they are shortsighted, short-lived and live for what they can get in the short run.
Praise you, Lord, that in contrast you have given us the long range perspective of living for eternity, living for you, living for greater things than the values of this world. You have lifted us from the narrow, dark pit of sin and slavery, and brought us into a wide, pleasant position before you, into the light of your Word, into the place of your presence, into the peace and joy of your love.
Praise be to you for all the good you share, for all the beauty you bring, for all the gifts you give. Looking at those forces of men and devils which attack us and what they want to force on us—slavery, fear, despair, hopelessness and death–and then to look at where you have brought us—into the Kingdom of light, into your grace, into your embrace–the contrast is stark, deep, powerful and wonderful.
To you be glory and honor for sharing your goodness with the godless like me, making us your children, putting your divine nature in us, placing us in your family, your Kingdom, your plan and your heart.
May you be glorified in my life today through gratitude, gratefulness and godliness. Help me to be a glory giver in each instance, each decision, each challenge by offering the sacrifice of thanksgiving, that you may be honored and that all around may see your glory.