Lurking in Ambush


Reading the Word

Psalm 17:10–15 (ESV)

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.

Understanding and Applying the Word

In the opening verses of this psalm, which we looked at yesterday, David makes the case for his own obedience to God’s word. Now he turns to describe the wicked. They are closed to pity. They are arrogant. And they are like a lion ready to pounce. All they seem to care about is themselves.

David calls on God to protect him from such people. God will one day hold them to account. As for David, he will not join them. He will continue to live in righteousness rather than turn to their wicked ways, knowing that the righteous will see the face of God and be satisfied.

May we walk righteously in the world and avoid taking advantage of others for our own benefit. Instead let us serve others in love as we point them to salvation in Jesus Christ. And let us look to the day when we behold him in his glory.

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