The Righteous One’s Dissatisfaction with the Present World
David is the author, and to a degree the subject, but to quote another, “This is a prayer in the Person of a perfect Man, and of Christ Himself, and of everyone that is redeemed by Him.” The psalm speaks of vindication and salvation, and ends with the resurrection. David, as a type of Christ, is open to investigation by God concerning his attitude and response to them that vilified him, and not even God could find anything in his heart. The church, as accepted in Christ, shall be vindicated from all charges, and know salvation and deliverance from its enemies.

Everyone shall close their eyes in death, but the believer shall open them to the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. We shall see Him as He is, and be like Him, awaking with His likeness.

Psalm 17

   1  Lord, hear the right, attend my cry,
         unto my pray'r give heed,
      That doth not in hypocrisy
         from feigned lips proceed.

   2  And from before thy presence forth
         my sentence do thou send:
      Toward these things that equal are
         do thou thine eyes intend.

   3  Thou prov'dst mine heart, thou visit'dst me
         by night, thou didst me try,
      Yet nothing found'st; for that my mouth
         shall not sin, purposed I.

   4  As for men's works, I, by the word
         that from thy lips doth flow,
      Did me preserve out of the paths
         wherein destroyers go.

   5  Hold up my goings, Lord, me guide
         in those thy paths divine,
      So that my footsteps may not slide
         out of those ways of thine.

   6  I called have on thee, O God,
          because thou wilt me hear:
       That thou may'st hearken to my speech,
          to me incline thine ear.

   7  Thy wondrous loving-kindness show,
         thou that, by thy right hand,
      Sav'st them that trust in thee from those
         that up against them stand.

   8  As th' apple of the eye me keep;
         in thy wings shade me close
   9  From lewd oppressors, compassing
         me round, as deadly foes.

  10  In their own fat they are enclosed;
         their mouth speaks loftily.
  11  Our steps they compassed; and to ground
         down bowing set their eye.

  12  He like unto a lion is
         that's greedy of his prey,
      Or lion young, which lurking doth
         in secret places stay.

  13  Arise, and disappoint my foe,
         and cast him down, O Lord:
      My soul save from the wicked man,
         the man which is thy sword.

  14  From men, which are thy hand, O Lord,
         from worldly men me save,
      Which only in this present life
         their part and portion have.

      Whose belly with thy treasure hid
         thou fill'st: they children have
      In plenty; of their goods the rest
         they to their children leave.

  15  But as for me, I thine own face
         in righteousness will see;
      And with thy likeness, when I wake,
         I satisfied shall be.