Psalm 17

Viewing David's Prayer through the Lens of Christ



Psalm 17 offers a deep, heartfelt prayer from David, who seeks God's vindication and protection from his enemies. Through the New Covenant, we gain fresh insights into these pleas, observing their Christocentric implications.

Section 1: Seeking Divine Vindication: (1-5)

1 Hear me, LORD, my plea is just; listen to my cry. Hear my prayer-- it does not rise from deceitful lips. 2 May my vindication come from you; may your eyes see what is right. 3 Though you probe my heart, though you examine me at night and test me, you will find that I have planned no evil; my mouth has not transgressed. 4 Though people tried to bribe me, I have kept myself from the ways of the violent through what your lips have commanded. 5 My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not stumbled."

Talking Points:

Harmony (1 John 2:1): "My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One."


Section 2: A Cry for Divine Protection: (6-15)

"6 I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. 7 Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. 8 Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings...15 As for me, I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with your likeness."

Talking Points:

Harmony (John 10:28): "I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand."



Psalm 17 provides a rich meditation on divine vindication, righteousness, and ultimate reward, themes that find their fulfillment in Jesus Christ.

David's plea for God to listen to his righteous appeal and vindicate him (Psalm 17:1-3) parallels the experience of Jesus, who, despite being innocent, was crucified and then vindicated by God through His resurrection (Acts 2:23-24).

The Psalmist's commitment to following God's word and avoiding the paths of the violent (Psalm 17:4-5) aligns with Jesus' teachings on peace, love, and obedience to God's word (Matthew 5:9, John 14:23).

David's trust in God as his Savior, who delivers him from his enemies (Psalm 17:7-9), finds fulfillment in Christ's victory over sin and death, which is also available to His followers (John 16:33, Romans 8:37).

The Psalm's depiction of the wicked who are of the world and have their portion in this life (Psalm 17:14) contrasts with Jesus' teachings on the folly of worldly gain versus eternal riches (Matthew 16:26).

Finally, the psalmist's hope of seeing God's face and being satisfied with His likeness when he awakes (Psalm 17:15) resonates with the New Covenant promise of eternal life and the beatific vision offered through Christ (1 John 3:2, John 14:3).

Psalm 17 can be seen as a prophetic reflection on divine vindication, righteousness, and the ultimate reward that are fully manifested in Jesus Christ under the New Covenant.