David Describes Those Who Falsely Accuse Him

John was driving home late one night when he picked up a hitchhiker. As they rode along, he began to be suspicious of his passenger. John checked to see if his wallet was safe in the pocket of his coat that was on the seat between them, but it wasn’t there! So he slammed on the b … More

Accusation

It is not easy to live righteously, even when things are going well (vv. 6-9). It is especially hard when we are being persecuted and being falsely accused. Only the Lord, as He directs us through  His Word, can keep us having right thoughts and right action. The same loving-kindness that led the Israelites across the Red Sea, as well as God’s love that sent His Son Jesus Christ to the cross, is sought by the psalmist to deliver him from his oppressors.

David describes three wicked foes as being (v. 10):

  1. Prosperous - “enclosed in their own fat.”
  2. Proud - “they speak proudly.”
  3. Persistent - “as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.”

We deceive ourselves when we measure our happiness or contentment in life by the amount of wealth we possess (vv. 13-15). When we put riches at the top of our value system we let power, pleasure, and financial security overshadow the eternal value of our relationship with God. David knows he has lived righteously before the Lord God and his enemy has not. He confidently cries out for deliverance from those who have lived solely for the things of this life and ignored God (v. 14).

Application

When we are falsely accused of something it is easy to want to fight back. I’m aware of the fact that the world is trying to press me into its mold. Its goals are prosperity and pride and will be persistent to this end. Do I find these things creeping into my life? Like David, the only thing that will keep me on the right track is a close relationship with the Lord and His Word.

Psalms 17:6-15 (English Standard Version)

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, from the wicked who do me violence, my deadly enemies who surround me. They close their hearts to pity; with their mouths they speak arrogantly. They have now surrounded our steps; they set their eyes to cast us to the ground. He is like a lion eager to tear, as a young lion lurking in ambush. Arise, O LORD! Confront him, subdue him! Deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword, 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. As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.

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