Give Heed to My Cry; Give Ear to My Prayer—Psalm 17:1-7
Hear a just cause, O Lord, give heed to my cry;
Give ear to my prayer, which is not from deceitful lips.
2 Let my judgment come forth from Your presence;
Let Your eyes look with equity.
3 You have tried my heart;
You have visited me by night;
You have tested me and You find nothing;
I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.
4 As for the deeds of men, by the Word of Your lips
I have kept from the paths of the violent.
5 My steps have held fast to Your paths.
My feet have not slipped.
6 I have called upon You, for You will answer me, O God;
Incline Your ear to me, hear my speech.
7 Wondrously show Your lovingkindness,
O Savior of those who take refuge at Your right hand
From those who rise up against them.
In this powerful plea, King David had been tested by the Lord — in mind, body and conduct — and was ultimately approved. David kept the Lord’s divine ways and avoided wicked deeds, and therefore could invoke God’s help with great confidence. He prayed for his Savior to show mercy and kindness to him — keeping him as the apple of His eye — that he may be sheltered from all his enemies.
Just like God tested the psalmist’s of the past, He continues to test us today. He will test our faith; endurance; perseverance; love for neighbor; charity; and every other virtue He holds dear. This is not to punish us. Rather, this is to elevate us! God wants us to live the divine life He’s called for us since the beginning of time; and He knows we will if we obey His Word and follow His commands.
When you are going through a period of testing, as hard as it is, thank God! This testing is for your ultimate benefit. Today, approach the Throne of Grace with great humility, hope, and confidence; invite Him to search your ways. Ask Him to show you mercy and kindness, and He will. Trust Him in all your ways and He will deliver you.