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December 28, 2019

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Revelation 9-12
Audio: Revelation 9-12

Psalm 17 (ESV)

A Prayer of David.

Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry!
    Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit!
From your presence let my vindication come!
    Let your eyes behold the right!

You have tried my heart, you have visited me by night,
    you have tested me, and you will find nothing;
    I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.
With regard to the works of man, 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 Savior of those who seek refuge
    from their adversaries at your right hand.

Keep me as the apple of your eye;
    hide me in the shadow of your wings,
from the wicked who do me violence,
    my deadly enemies who surround me.

10 They close their hearts to pity;
    with their mouths they speak arrogantly.
11 They have now surrounded our steps;
    they set their eyes to cast us to the ground.
12 He is like a lion eager to tear,
    as a young lion lurking in ambush.

13 Arise, O Lord! Confront him, subdue him!
    Deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword,
14 from men by your hand, O Lord,
    from men of the world whose portion is in this life.
You fill their womb with treasure;
    they are satisfied with children,
    and they leave their abundance to their infants.

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

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  1. Satisfied With God's Likeness

    Today's psalm ends with a powerful statement not found elsewhere in all of Scripture. It's found in the closing verse and says, "As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness" (Psalm 17:15).

    In the midst of David crying out to God, he thinks forward to a time when he is no longer hunted and is in the presence of God vindicated and protected. 

    This reminds me of 1 John 3:2 which says, "Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is."

    But because David speaks of God trying his heart and visiting him by night to test him, I believe at least part of David beholding God's face in righteousness and being satisfied with God's likeness is in the present tense – in the midst of being hunted – he beholds God's righteousness and is satisfied in God's likeness in him. 

    He is not like those who are hunting him. He is a seeker of God. 

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