Scripture: Psalm 17
Key verses: (1, 6, 7, 13, 15)
1 Hear a just cause, O LORD; attend to my cry;
give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit.
6 I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;
incline your ear to me, hear my words.
7 Wondrously show your steadfast love,
O savior of those who seek refuge
from their adversaries at your right hand.
13 Rise up, O LORD, confront them, overthrow them!
By your sword deliver my life from the wicked,
15 As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness;
when I awake I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness.
Reflection: “See me, feel me, touch me, heal me.” I still remember the classic lines performed on stage when I saw my first play in New York as a high-schooler: “The Who’s Tommy.” This story from “The Who,” included much of the music from the 70’s rock band. I remember distinctly loving the song, “See me, feel me, listening to you,” and singing along during the reprise in the final act. Decades later, the song still resonates with me as a plea to be seen, heard, and healed.
The Psalmist requests to be heard from God. After protest from the persecuted, the Psalmist asks again for God to hear the prayer and for refuge from our savior. The petition strengthens towards the end with, “Rise up, O Lord,” and finishes with confidence in God’s righteous judgement. There is foreshadowing in the Psalm of communion with God as stated in Romans 8:38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Wanting to be seen and heard is a basic human need. Gratefully, God is ready to see and hear us and we can have confidence in God’s everlasting love.
Prayer: O God, we want to be seen and heard. We persecute and hurt others, and seek refuge from our adversaries at your hand. Continue to see us, and hear us, and love us, O God, even in our sinfulness. For we are convinced that nothing, nothing, will be able to separate us from your love. Amen.
Author: Amy Speas
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].