Psalm 17 Outline
– David prayed for God to hear his cry in a difficult time (Psalm 17:1-2)
– David is sure he has kept himself holy (Psalm 17:3-5)
– David called on God to act justly by rescuing him from his enemies (Psalm 17:6-9)
– David dreaded that he is now surrounded by enemies (Psalm 17:10-12)
– David pleaded God to rescue him from his enemies (Psalm 17:13-15)
Psalm 17 Summary
In Psalm 17:1-2, David prayed to God in a difficult time. He begged God to hear his cry. He believed God should vindicate him because he has a just cause. David will only speak about his problem to God in honesty, without exaggeration.
In Psalm 17:3-5, David is sure that God will not find any sin in him since he has not sin against him in actions or words. He had been walking steadfastly in God’s commandments.
In Psalm 17:6-9, David called on God to act on his justice and save him from his enemies. He expected that God will hear his prayer and save him from his enemies like before. David wanted God to okeep him as something precious, as the apple of his eye and protect him from his enemies.
In Psalm 17:10-12, David talked about his situation of being surrounded by his enemies now, that his enemies had tracked him down and looking for opportunity to capture him.
In Psalm 17:13-15, David pleaded God to rescue him from his enemies now. He knows that God protects those he love, those who obey his commandments and walk steadfastly on the path of righteousness.
Psalm 17 Bible Study
1. Examine yourself everyday
Everyday, you should examine yourself to see if you have sin against God in any area of your life. You may sin and then forget about it. If you don’t know what sin you have committed in the past, you can pray to the Holy Spirit and ask him to show you. In 1 John 1:9, if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
2. Seek God in times of troubles
When you are in a difficult situation, you should discuss your problem with God and keep on praying until the problem is resolved completely. When you pray, you must pray according to the will of God, be patient and have faith that he will help you. In Philippians 4:6, be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.