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
Comment: There is a reverential respect for God in the ways that David addresses Him – He says ‘O LORD’ & ‘O God’. But after that it sounds as if David is sitting next to a real trusted ’employer’ and friend. “You pricked my conscience while I was trying to sleep last night, and I have had to answer a lot questions about myself!’ It is not as if he is arguing that he is perfect for we have that confession in many of his writings, but like Job in another book, he runs through a number of the common errors which people make, and is able to say ‘You know I’m telling the truth!’ He ends with an interesting set of words. As we read on tomorrow I wonder what David is about to lead into!
Prayer: You do call us all sinners, and we know that You hate sin. But thank You that you also love us with Your own special kind of steadfast love, and care for us.