Psalm 17: 1-7, 15
Hear, O Lord, my righteous plea; listen to my cry. Give ear to my prayer–it does not rise from deceitful lips. May my vindication come from you; may your eyes see what is right.
Though you probe my heart and examine me at night, though you test me, you will find nothing; I have resolved that my mouth will not sin. As for the deeds of men–by the word of your lips I have kept myself from the ways of the violent. My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not slipped.
I call on you, O God, for you will answer me and hear my prayer. Show the wonder of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.
And I–in righteousness I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.
Here there are four things that are brought to my attention about David. First that David has a close relationship with God, persistant in faithful prayer knowing that God has saved him from his sins. Secondly, that God examined David’s heart and tested his deeds. Thirdly, that David has made a resolve to follow God’s path and not to sin with his mouth. Fourthly, that David will be satisfied, made righteous by following the likeness of God.
Father we desire to be in constant, persistant prayer with you that you will examine our hearts and test us to reveal any sin. Teach us how to tame our tongue and keep ourselves from the way of violence. Lead us in your path of righteousness that we will take refuge in you, filled with your love and grace. We ask in Jesus’ name, amen.