SOAP Journal – 05 April 2019 (Psalm 17)

As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness;
I will be satisfied with Your likeness when I awake.

Psalm 17:15

I have been returning to this psalm every morning for a few days now.

Its structure is simple enough: 3 stanzas with each one addressing an idea.

The first stanza (vv 1-5) contains the idea of being tried and tested by God and found innocent. David, as far as he could perceive, had done nothing wrong in the circumstances that prompted this psalm.

The second stanza (vv 6-12) contains the idea of seeking God’s protection and knowing that God will hear your call. David knew from experience that God would answer when he (David) called.

The third stanza (vv 13-15) contains the idea of God’s deliverance and the compensation of both the wicked and the righteous. While the wicked seems to do well, that is limited to this life. David says that he will be satisfied with God’s likeness when he (David) awakes.

Sometimes, we will be wrongly accused. And God knows that. God will hear when His children call to Him. He always has and He always will. And God is our part and our portion, not any thing in this world.

Taken in reverse order, the ideas of this psalm seem more applicable. Because God is my portion, I can go to Him and know that He will listen to me and vindicate me when I am wrongly accused. I may not be vindicated in the here and now, but I will be vindicated.

Father, thank You for being the part and portion of Your people. Thank You for testing us and trying us so that You can vindicate us and we will come out of our tests and trials purified. Please teach me how to see the events of my life through the lens of You being my reward.

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