Psalm 17

In Psalm 17, the psalmist is calling out to Yehovah.  Because the psalmist is righteous, Yehovah hears Him and provides both protection and fulfillment.  The psalmist has learned to keep himself from the wicked and asks for Yehovah’s help in this endeavor.  But of all the things that the psalmist could ask for, he declares that he will not be satisfied until he is like Yehovah.  His greatest desire to be as righteous as Yehovah is.

Psalm 17:1

A Prayer of David. 1 Hear the right, Yehovah, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, not out of deceitful lips.

  • The psalmist is calling out to Yehovah.
  • He claims that he is not calling out from deceitful lips.
  • This is important, because so often we deceive ourselves in to believing we are okay.
  • John warns us of this indirectly with 1 John 1:10

10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

  • Although, we may act pure in front of others, we are always in some sort of sin either in act or thought.
  • This may seem incredibly condemning, but anything less than perfection is a sin.
  • Because we sin, Hebrews 3:13 takes effect.

13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

  • Sin can easily deceive one. We must endeavor not to sin and not be subject to the deceitfulness of sin.  It is a constant struggle throughout our lives on earth.
  • We should remember what the psalmist tells us in Psalm 66:18.

18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, Yehovah will not hear:

  • When we call out to Yehovah, we must ensure that we do not have iniquity in our hearts.
  • This is the major reason why so many prayers go unanswered.
  • We must endeavor to cleanse our hearts.

Psalm 17:2

2 Let my sentence come forth from Your presence; let Your eyes behold the things that are equal.

  • The psalmist is not relying on anyone else but Yehovah.
  • He sees Yehovah as his Judge and Redeemer.
  • Yehovah is merciful, beyond what many understand. He is not the one that wants mankind to suffer, we have done that on our own.
  • We should take a lesson from our Savior, 1 Peter 2:23.

23 Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed to Him that judges righteously:

  • We must be committed to Yehovah. He judges fairly and with mercy.
  • He is more interested in our repentance than our suffering, Ezekiel 18:30-32.

30 Therefore I will judge you, house of Israel, every one according to his ways, says the Lord Yehovah. Repent, and turn from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. 31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby you have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will you die, house of Israel? 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dies, says the Lord Yehovah: wherefore turn and live.

  • The world often lacks the mercy that would help us to grow.
  • Yehovah desires our repentance and growth in the faith over all.

Psalm 17:3

3 You have proved mine heart; You have visited in the night; You have tried me, shall find nothing; I am purposed my mouth shall not transgress.

  • God has tested the psalmist in the darkest times of his life.
  • When many of us would slip, the psalmist maintained his integrity.
  • He has guarded his lips. He has learned to overcome one of the greatest failings of mankind, James 3:2

For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.

  • The psalmist has learned not to offend in word.
  • He has not left this to chance, he has purposed it as we all should do.

Psalm 17:4

4 Concerning the works of men, by the word of Your lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.

  • Because the psalmist was attentive to Yehovah’s words written and spoken, he has avoided the path of the wicked ones.
  • Simply following Psalm 1:1, can avoid a lot of life’s problems.

Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.

  • We should not do what the ungodly do.
  • Neither should we associate with them in any way.
  • Nor should we take advice from them at any time.
  • If we would do these things and remember that Yehovah is our Judge and Redeemer, we would do well in life.
  • And avoid many of life’s calamities.

Psalm 17:5

5 Hold up my goings in Your paths, my footsteps slip not.

  • The path of God is a narrow one, Matthew 7:14.

14 Because strait the gate, and narrow the way, which leads to life, and few there be that find it.

  • It is a narrow path. Sometimes we find ourselves slipping.  But if we keep in constant communion with Yehovah, in those times He will be there to keep us on the path, Psalm 37:31.

31 Torah of his Redeemer in his heart; None of his steps shall slide.

  • If we keep Torah as our hearts desire, it will keep us on the path.
  • This is because Psalm 37:23-26.

23 The steps of a good man are ordered by Yehovah: and he delights in His way. 24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for Yehovah upholds his hand. 25 I have been young, and am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. 26 ever merciful, and lending and his seed is blessed.

  • Yehovah always protects the righteous, even when they may slip.

Psalm 17:6

6 I have called upon You, for You will hear me, God: Incline Your ear to me, hear my speech.

  • Because the psalmist did not regard iniquity and was righteous, Yehovah hears him.

Psalm 17:7

7 Show Your marvelous lovingkindness, save by Your right hand them which put their trust from those that rise up.

  • Yehovah is gracious, because He made a way for us back to Him through His right hand, His Messiah, 1 Timothy 2:3-6.

For this good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Messiah Yeshua; Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

  • God would have us all to be saved.
  • Because of this, He brings each of us to an exact knowledge of salvation.
  • Then we can decide without all the deceit that many bring into our lives.
  • We learn of the true God of the Hebrew scriptures not the one so many falsely portray.
  • He has a due time for all of us.
  • For many of us, it will be in the Restitution of All Things.
  • God in His great mercy planned for this, since the beginning of time.

Psalm 17:8

8 Keep me as the pupil the daughter of the eye, hide me under the shadow of Your wings,

  • It is the pupil, because it is the center focus of the eye, the Spirit.
  • He is the daughter of the eye, the Spirit. This is a reference to those who would be in the bride, 144,000, New Jerusalem.
  • The psalmist because of his righteousness asks to be in God’s presence and to be hidden with Him.
  • Just as in Psalm 91, specifically Psalm 91:1-6.

He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of Yehovah, my refuge and my fortress: my Redeemer; in Him will I trust. Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler, from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings shall you trust: His truth shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid for the terror by night; for the arrow flies by day; for the pestilence walks in darkness; for the destruction wastes at noonday.

  • This is the place of overwhelming protection and provision.
  • This is the secret place, because so few can find it.
  • It is the narrow path, because one must be righteous to be in this place.
  • This is where one is in His care and protection at all times.
  • The righteous will see the salvation of Yehovah into eternity.

Psalm 17:9-12

9 From the wicked that oppress me, my deadly enemies compass me about. 10 They are enclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly. 11 They have now compassed us in our steps: they have set their eyes bowing down to the earth; 12 Like as a lion is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.

  • Because the righteous are in the secret place.
  • The wicked can no more oppress.
  • Their words are of no effect.
  • Their wisdom comes from below and is no match for what comes from above.
  • They may desire the life of the righteous, but Yehovah is with the righteous.
  • Because they have made all God’s will their greatest desire.

Psalm 17:13-14

13 Arise, Yehovah disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, Your sword: 14 From men Your hand, Yehovah, From men of the world, their portion in life, and whose belly You fill with Your hid: They are full of children, and leave the rest of their to their babes.

  • The psalmist asks Yehovah to rise as in the second coming.
  • When the righteous will be completely delivered and the Day of Judgment has arrived.
  • It will be the time of the Restitution of All Things.
  • It will disappoint the wicked, who want to remain wicked. But it will bring joy to the oppressed both believer and non-believer alike.
  • Yehovah’s hand, His Messiah will bring this forth, Acts 3:19–21

19 Repent therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; 20 And He shall send Yeshua Messiah, which before was preached to you: 21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of Restitution of All Things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.

  • But it will not be a sword to slice up, it will be the word.
  • It will be a sword to discern truth for many.
  • It will be a word of deliverance, when many will hear the unadulterated gospel for the first time..

Psalm 17:15

15 As for me, I will behold Your face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Your likeness.

  • The Restitution of All Things will be a great time for all.
  • It will be a great time of rejoicing for all.
  • However, as for the psalmist; his greatest joy is not just to be there, it is to be a time when he will be delivered from all evil. When he will be able to fully manifest Yeshua in his life.
  • So many want to live forever, but what is length of life with our sins still plaguing us?
  • For the righteous will be delivered from this present evil world to live in a time of righteousness and to be fully developed in God’s likeness.
  • That is the greatest joy we will experience when that happens.

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