READ : Psalm 17:1-15
Elsewhere David recognizes his sinfulness. Here (v. 3a) he seems to contradict that view. Probably the explanation is that he is being charged by his enemies with a specific sin, and he is saying, “Lord, if you search my heart you will find I am innocent of that sin.” He has resolved that he will not sin with his mouth (v. 3b). We sin with our mouths when we speak unkindly, lie, swear, or use vulgar language. Let us determine to guard our lips against such sin.
David asks God to keep him in His care (v. 8). What beautiful metaphors David uses. “Keep me as the apple of your eye.” All of us are careful to protect our eyes. While God is a spirit, the Bible uses language describing God as if He had a body, that we might understand His ways. It speaks of God’s arm outstretched to work on our behalf, His ear attuned to our prayers. As God would protect His own eye, so He will protect David and us. God is also described as a mother bird protecting its young (v. 8b).
Finally David says “When I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.” There is little mention of the resurrection in the Old Testament, but here and there is a glimpse of what would be revealed more completely in the New. Many blessings of God bring us satisfaction, but the ultimate satisfaction will be to see Him in the world to come in the face of Jesus.
Father, we look forward to that ultimate satisfaction to see You in Christ. In His name. Amen.