Psalm 17:11 They have tracked me down, they now surround me, with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground. 12 They are like a lion hungry for prey, like a great lion crouching in cover.
This psalm is a prayer of David’s. He was a powerful king, a mighty warrior and a man whose heart was after God. David did great exploits – slaying Goliath, initiating Israel’s deliverance, and defeating tens of thousands. He solidified Israel’s boundaries and brought prosperity to the land. David also returned the Ark of the Covenant to the tent of meeting. He re-established the sacrifices and set up praise and worship to glorify God every morning and evening.
He was a man of faith. But faith can be mimicked by presumption. He did not presume on the Lord’s goodness. He did not walk arrogantly but at times as a man full of trepidation. We all find ourselves in situations where we feel overwhelmed. The enemy is all around us, banging their shields, blustering and threatening to harm us. No one is exempt from feeling like this at times.
David prayed. “Hear, O LORD, my righteous plea; listen to my cry. Give ear to my prayer-- it does not rise from deceitful lips. May my vindication come from you; may your eyes see what is right.” Too often we look for counsel from others, try to make alliances to support us, make plea bargains, anything to relieve the situation. The history books of the bible are full of kings trying to solve their problems without going to the Lord first.
David prayed whilst in distress. He took courage from his prayers. “And I--in righteousness I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.” (Verse 15) He sought first the kingdom of God, knowing that all these other things would be added unto him.
What’s your present situation? Do you ever feel abandoned or overwhelmed? Do you fret about it? Lie awake at night worrying?
Come before Him in prayer. Tell Him all that is in your heart. Share your need. Ask Him to intervene and vindicate you. Allow Him to touch you, to warm your heart with His love, to reassure you that He is in control and He loves you. This is what Paul calls the “peace that passes all understanding” in the letter to the Philippians. You will enter His peace in the midst of adversity through His love for you.
Prayer: "Lord, I lay all my anxiety and lack of peace at your feet. Help me, touch my situation and deliver me. Pour out your love upon me and let the peace that passes all understanding come over me, in Jesus' name. Amen!"