Sunday, May 1, 2011

Psalm 17

Prayer for Deliverance from Persecutors

A Prayer of David.

My steps have held fast to your paths;
   my feet have not slipped.

Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry;
   give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit.
From you let my vindication come;
   let your eyes see the right.
If you try my heart, if you visit me by night,
   if you test me, you will find no wickedness in me;
   my mouth does not transgress.
As for what others do, by the word of your lips
   I have avoided the ways of the violent.
My steps have held fast to your paths;
   my feet have not slipped.
I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
   incline your ear to me, hear my words.
Wondrously show your steadfast love,
   O saviour of those who seek refuge
   from their adversaries at your right hand.
Guard me as the apple of the eye;
   hide me in the shadow of your wings,

from the wicked who despoil me,
   my deadly enemies who surround me.
They close their hearts to pity;
   with their mouths they speak arrogantly.
They track me down; now they surround me;
   they set their eyes to cast me to the ground.
They are like a lion eager to tear,
   like a young lion lurking in ambush.
Rise up, O Lord, confront them, overthrow them!
   By your sword deliver my life from the wicked, 
from mortals—by your hand, O Lord
   from mortals whose portion in life is in this world.
May their bellies be filled with what you have stored up for them;
   may their children have more than enough;
   may they leave something over to their little ones.
As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness;
   when I awake I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.

There are many other entries for Psalm 17 if you head over to Robert's Daily Athens.  The photo above was taken in the Sinai at the Gulf of Aqaba.


Anonymous said...

Even though the sea might wash away the steps, for sure, they will be 'seen' and 'taken care of'.

Thank you very much for your kind participation ! Please have a good Tuesday and please join again soon.

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Spiderdama said...

Oh, this is a wonderful photo to the text!

Reader Wil said...

This photo of the footsteps is so appropriate for this psalm.Thanks for your visit.