April 17, Psalm 17, 35, 54, 63

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Lord, hear a just cause;
pay attention to my cry;
listen to my prayer—
from lips free of deceit.
Let my vindication come from you,
for you see what is right.
You have tested my heart;
you have examined me at night.
You have tried me and found nothing evil;
I have determined that my mouth will not sin.[a]
Concerning what people do:
by the words from your lips
I have avoided the ways of the violent.
My steps are on your paths;
my feet have not slipped.I call on you, God,
because you will answer me;
listen closely to me; hear what I say.
Display the wonders of your faithful love,
Savior of all who seek refuge
from those who rebel against your right hand.[b]
Protect me as the pupil of your eye;
hide me in the shadow of your wings
from[c] the wicked who treat me violently,[d]
my deadly enemies who surround me.10 They are uncaring;[e]
their mouths speak arrogantly.
11 They advance against me;[f] now they surround me.
They are determined[g]
to throw me to the ground.
12 They are[h] like a lion eager to tear,
like a young lion lurking in ambush.13 Rise up, Lord!
Confront him; bring him down.
With your sword, save me from the wicked.
14 With your hand, Lord, save me from men,
from men of the world
whose portion is in this life:
You fill their bellies with what you have in store;
their sons are satisfied,
and they leave their surplus to their children.15 But I will see your face in righteousness;
when I awake, I will be satisfied with your presence.

Psalm 35
Oppose my opponents, Lord;
fight those who fight me.
Take your shields—large and small—
and come to my aid.
Draw the spear and javelin against my pursuers,
and assure me, “I am your deliverance.”Let those who intend to take my life
be disgraced and humiliated;
let those who plan to harm me
be turned back and ashamed.
Let them be like chaff in the wind,
with the angel of the Lord driving them away.
Let their way be dark and slippery,
with the angel of the Lord pursuing them.
They hid their net for me without cause;
they dug a pit for me without cause.
Let ruin come on him unexpectedly,
and let the net that he hid ensnare him;
let him fall into it—to his ruin.Then I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will delight in his deliverance.
10 All my bones will say,
“Lord, who is like you,
rescuing the poor from one too strong for him,
the poor or the needy from one who robs him?”11 Malicious witnesses come forward;
they question me about things I do not know.
12 They repay me evil for good,
making me desolate.
13 Yet when they were sick,
my clothing was sackcloth;
I humbled myself with fasting,
and my prayer was genuine.[a]
14 I went about mourning as if for my friend or brother;
I was bowed down with grief,
like one mourning for a mother.
15 But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee;
they gathered against me.
Assailants I did not know
tore at me and did not stop.
16 With godless mockery[b]
they gnashed their teeth at me.17 Lord, how long will you look on?
Rescue me from their ravages;
rescue my precious life from the young lions.
18 I will praise you in the great assembly;
I will exalt you among many people.
19 Do not let my deceitful enemies rejoice over me;
do not let those who hate me without cause
wink at me maliciously.
20 For they do not speak in friendly ways,
but contrive fraudulent schemes[c]
against those who live peacefully in the land.
21 They open their mouths wide against me and say,
“Aha, aha! We saw it!” [d]22 You saw it, Lord; do not be silent.
Lord, do not be far from me.
23 Wake up and rise to my defense,
to my cause, my God and my Lord!
24 Vindicate me, Lord my God,
in keeping with your righteousness,
and do not let them rejoice over me.
25 Do not let them say in their hearts,
“Aha! Just what we wanted.”
Do not let them say,
“We have swallowed him up!”
26 Let those who rejoice at my misfortune
be disgraced and humiliated;
let those who exalt themselves over me
be clothed with shame and reproach.27 Let those who want my vindication
shout for joy and be glad;
let them continually say,
“The Lord be exalted.
He takes pleasure in his servant’s well-being.”
28 And my tongue will proclaim your righteousness,
your praise all day long.

Psalm 54
God, save me by your name,
and vindicate me by your might!
God, hear my prayer;
listen to the words from my mouth.
For strangers rise up against me,
and violent men intend to kill me.
They do not let God guide them.[a]SelahGod is my helper;
the Lord is the sustainer of my life.[b]
He will repay my adversaries for their evil.
Because of your faithfulness, annihilate them.I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you.
I will praise your name, Lord,
because it is good.
For he has rescued me from every trouble,
and my eye has looked down on my enemies.

Psalm 63
God, you are my God; I eagerly seek you.
I thirst for you;
my body faints for you
in a land that is dry, desolate, and without water.
So I gaze on you in the sanctuary
to see your strength and your glory.My lips will glorify you
because your faithful love is better than life.
So I will bless you as long as I live;
at your name, I will lift up my hands.
You satisfy me as with rich food;[a]
my mouth will praise you with joyful lips.When I think of you as I lie on my bed,
I meditate on you during the night watches
because you are my helper;
I will rejoice in the shadow of your wings.
I follow close to you;
your right hand holds on to me.But those who intend to destroy my life
will go into the depths of the earth.
10 They will be given over to the power of the sword;
they will become a meal for jackals.
11 But the king will rejoice in God;
all who swear by him will boast,
for the mouths of liars will be shut.

Ever have one of those “Aha” moments? (see vs 25) Where suddenly things became clear? But what happens when your enemies suddenly think “Aha” about you and they feel their time has come for you? David’s plea in Psalm 35 is to trust in God at all times and do good (vs 3). He says to trust in the Lord, commit your ways to Him, and rest knowing that God will give you the desires of your heart. These are not the desires of the “old man” before Christ – those who want ever more material possessions – rather it is the “new man” who is satisfied in what the Lord has done. When you feel like your enemies are gathering at your border remember that it is the Lord who fights for you. Our battle is won by the Lord and we can be assured that God will humiliate them totally in a most satisfying way; just as David requests in vs 26. David did not have to speak to His enemies rather he made requests to God in humble expectation. The “Aha” moment was turned around on his enemies. 

We also are God’s children and He diligently protects all of those that He loves. We can expect the same as David did, but we must let the Lord fight and in His time (vs 7). In closing, as we go today remember the closing verse of Psalm 35:28 “And my tongue will proclaim your righteousness, your praise all day long.” Praise is our due for what God has done for us.

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