Key Verse: “Show me Your unfailing love in wonderful ways. By Your mighty power, You rescue those who seek refuge from their enemies” (v.7)
Key Theme: Plea for JUSTICE
Key Descriptives of God: God who Hears; God who Arises, Confronts and Casts Down Wickedness
Here in Psalm 17, David is back to facing some “swamp” equivalent of his day. The JUSTICE theme again reverberates throughout the chapter, beginning with the first verse. “ O Lord, hear my plea for JUSTICE. Listen to my cry for HELP. Pay attention to my prayer, for it comes from honest lips.”
If I had to guess the timetable of this chapter it was either when being chased by King Saul or possibly when his own son Absalom was attempting to usurp the throne. This I say though his language about them seems inconsistent with how he thought about them. “Protect me from wicked people who attack me, from murderous enemies who surround me. They are without pity. Listen to their boasting! They track me down and surround me, watching for the chance to throw me to the ground. They are like hungry lions, eager to tear me apart.” (v.9-12) It simultaneously sounds like what President Trump has to go through as well as what “the deep state” is being exposed for doing in general. “THEY TRACK ME DOWN” is quite sinister. Today as in David’s day, we need to see the God who HEARS, who ARISES, who CONFRONTS, who CASTS DOWN WICKEDNESS. (v.6,13) Do it again TODAY, our God!
In verse 7, David asks the Lord to show His unfailing love in WONDERFUL WAYS. The word “wonderful” in Hebrew used here is PALAH. It means, “to make distinguished or illustrious, to be distinguished, wonderful.” I love this prayer. As David asks to be rescued he asks for it also to be in a wonderful, distinguishing way. An illustrious, distinguishing way. Don’t just pragmatically rescue me/us— Do it so that the accompanying story to what You did stands out. That’s the God that David knew and that’s the God we want to be looking to in these days. He takes us out of Egypt, He guides us through the Red Sea, He provides and protects in the Wilderness, propels us into Promised Land— but every stage is a distinguishing storyline marked by His supernatural intervention. Once He takes out Egypt’s firstborn, causes the Red Sea to part into dry land, feeds with manna from heaven, leads with a cloud by day and a fire by night, gives water from the rock, parts the Jordan River— His wonderful, distinguishing handiwork is so all over the process that He can not be forgotten. Man cannot take the credit for the wave of “rescues.”
This is what we are looking for today as well and it is happening. God chose a year 5777 to begin an immense rescue operation. He picked a man named Trump— because in that word it expresses exactly what He is doing. Trumping (trumpeting) a message and trumping the aces played by the enemy. Last night I put on my Facebook page (Johnny and Elizabeth Enlow) my prophetic word from November of 2016, called Trumpquake! I recommend you go to read it as well today as “wonderful” storylines are being set up to be told for posterity. He is not just a “gitter dun” (i.e. get it done) God but a God who loves telling a wonderful, illustrious, unforgettable story with how He intervenes.
Today, as we observe the challenges of our day or our personal challenges, let us look to God in the same expectant and dependent way mighty King David did in verse 6, “I will call on you O God FOR YOU WILL ANSWER ME.” This is the primary way that we repent— by turning from self-dependence even on the sophisticatedness of our repentance (many have elaborate steps we must repent for God to hear us in 2020). We simply plead for JUSTICE, cry for HELP, ask God to PAY ATTENTION to our prayer, and then add “and God show your unfailing love towards us in WONDERFUL WAYS”. He will. Anytime He has even 10 who will look to Him, GOD WINS on the macro stage. He will win with an accompanying “showtime”.
Written by: Johnny Enlow
67 DAY COUNTDOWN SERIES
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