“…I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.” Psalm 17:3
“Why am I praying like this? Because I know you will answer me, O God! Yes, listen as I pray.” Psalm 17:6
True, God listens as you pray, for this is the confidence that we’ve in him that when we pray; he will answer us!
But there is something to acquaint yourself with here, Psalm 17:1 says;
“Hear the right, O Lord, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.”
- The Lord will certainly hear the righteous
- He will hear our most earnest prayers, i.e., those coming out of our most honest lips.
But he’ll also disappoint you when you pray amiss. Psalm 17:13 says, “Arise, O Lord , disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword.”
Upon realising that David said, “I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress,” and “…by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer,” ( vs 4).
It’s only the word of God that’s able to keep you from sinning, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O Lord : teach me thy statutes.” Psalm 119:11-12
He said I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer; “even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” James 3:5 -6
Your own tongue can destroy who you’re and all that you stand for, it can also destroy your faith, and lead you to hell.
Watch or guard your own mouth that it should not transgress; guard against hypocrisy, strife, partiality, devilish talk, cursing, envy, confusion or evil works.
David, said, “As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.” (Psalm 17:15). His appeal was, God hold up my goings in your own paths, not on my tongue, the destroyer, that my footsteps may not slip.
James 3:17 says, “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.”
Here is wisdom
- Behold his face in righteousness
- Be satisfied with his likeness
- Stay alert, watch out your tongue