“O Lord, hear my plea for justice. Listen to my cry for help. Pay attention to my prayer, for it comes from honest lips. Declare me innocent, for you see those who do right. You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart in the night. You have scrutinized me and found nothing wrong. I am determined not to sin in what I say. I have followed your commands, which keep me from following cruel and evil people. My steps have stayed on your path; I have not wavered from following you.” Psalms 17:1-5 NLT
King David prayed this prayer. He called upon God to hear Him and grant justice in the circumstances of his life. David declared his innocence in the matter and acknowledges God’s full awareness of the facts. God is even more aware of the facts than we are. He sees everything: the mind, the motive, and the method. An interesting statement that David makes is “I am determined not to sin in what I say”! Do you ever allow God to put reins on your tongue and help you guard what you say? When we are upset and feel attacked or threatened, we get loose in our tongue. The reason we do so is because our hearts are not upon God. In Matthew 12:34 Jesus says that the mouth speaks from the condition of the heart. When our hearts aren’t right with God, neither will our tongue or life. No matter what is going on around us, we must stay our hearts upon God and His Word. When we are right with Him, we will have boldness and confidence in any circumstance of life, regardless of the challenge. The final words of today’s scripture are David’s statement of faithfulness to God’s commands. These commands had steadied David in the uncertainty of his situation and they had ordered his steps in righteousness. Keeping his eyes upon God and His Word kept David faithful and firm. Are you faithful and firm in the things of God in your life? This is the only way to experience true and lasting peace. When we walk with the Lord, in the light of His Word, His glory is shed upon our path. May God help us walk in His light! “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” Psalms 119:105 NLT Walk in the Word today!
Prayer for today: Father, in Jesus name, may the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You. May You guide my steps and glorify yourself in my life. In Jesus name! Amen!
Rev. Curtis Norris