Psalm 17

The Psalms for the day in Morning Prayer are–Psalms 16 and 17.

I took more interest in Psalm 17 (Coverdale version) because of these verses that captured my eye:

v. 1

Hear my plea of innocence, O LORD;
give heed to my cry; *
listen to my prayer, which does not come from lying lips.

Weigh my heart, summon me by night, *
melt me down; you will find no impurity in me.


Keep me as the apple of your eye; *
hide me under the shadow of your wings,


But at my vindication I shall see your face; *
when I awake, I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.

The Psalms always have their way of touching the imagination, capturing an image.

I like David’s plea of innocence and his insistence of purity. ┬áThe “apple of your eye” metaphor is ageless and timeless. ┬áThe vindication of seeing God’s face. These are all something to ponder today.

What innocence do you bring before God today?
Do you feel you are the apple of God’s eye?
Would seeing God’s face be vindication enough for you?


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