1Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.
2Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal.
Let Your Eyes Behold
I like the clarity of the New King James rendition of Psalm 17, verses 1-2:
1 Hear a just cause, O LORD,
Attend to my cry;
Give ear to my prayer which is not from deceitful lips.
2 Let my vindication come from Your presence;
Let Your eyes look on the things that are upright.
The Psalmist cries out, "Let your eyes behold or look on the things that are upright."
Why does it seem that the Psalmist continues to express the same thoughts over and over again in Psalm after Psalm? Is there a lesson here for us?
Remembering our first love is not as easy as it sounds. After all, life happens, and all of our good intentions seem to be swallowed up by the winds of adversity. David, the Psalmist, was not trying to just state the obvious, he was trying to remind himself again and again that the LORD does not look upon men as does the world. The LORD is just, and does attend to the cry of his children; He does hear prayers that are not from deceitful lips.
It is hard for us, though, to wait for the Lord, is it not? It is hard for us to wait for His vindication, especially when it is so much easier to seek vengeance ourselves. After all, the Lord is patient, long suffering, and very forgiving; the problem, however, is that we do not always want Him to forgive those who have wronged us.
Do you think David faced these same struggles? Oh, yes! Through his constant fellowship with God, he was able to say, Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal.
May we, today, walk in peace saying to God, "Let your eyes behold the things that are equal." Then, may we patiently rest in the comfort that God will do that very thing. Our hope always remains in Him, alone, and not in ourselves!
God Bless You,