Psalm 17:3-5 : Though you probe my heart, though you examine me at night and test me, you will find that I have planned no evil; my mouth has not transgressed. 4 Though people tried to bribe me, I have kept myself from the ways of the violent through what your lips have commanded. 5 My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not stumbled.
Response : “though you examine me at night” and test me etc. In the night the soul is free from business with the world, and therefore freest for business with God; and then did God prove and visit David, that is, examine and sift him, by calling to his mind all his ways and works in former passages; and the issue of this trial was, he found nothing; not that his soul was empty of good things, or that there was nothing evil in him; but God, upon examination, found nothing of that evil in him which some men suspected him of; namely either any ill will or evil design against Saul, in reference to whom he called his cause a righteous cause, or the right ( Psalms 17:1 ); “Hear the right, O Lord.”
through what your lips have commanded etc. It is a great relief against temptations to have the word ready. The word is called, “The sword of the Spirit.” Ephesians 6:17 . In spiritual conflicts there is none like to that. Those that ride abroad in time of danger, will not be without a sword. We are in danger, and needthe sword of the Spirit. The more ready the Scripture is with us, the greater advantage in our conflicts and temptations. When the devil came to assault Christ, he had Scripture ready for him, whereby he overcame the tempter. The door is barred upon Satan, and he cannot find such easy entrance when the word is hid in our hearts, and made use of pertinently. “I write unto you, young men, because ye are strong.” Where lies their strength? “And the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.” 1 John 2:14 . Oh, it is a great advantage when we have the word, not only by us, but in us, engrafted in the heart; when it is present with us, we are more able to resist the assaults of Satan. Either a man forgets the word, or has lost his affection to it, before he can be drawn to sin.
the ways of the violent – when Satan lays siege to the soul, shooting his fiery darts, and using stratagems of policy, joining his endeavours with our corruptions, as wind with tide, then we have cause to pray as David, Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not. The apostle also found he had need of help from heaven when he was assaulted, and therefore he prayed “thrice,” that the thing that he feared might depart from him. 2 Corinthians 12:8 . Christ haa taught us to pray daily, “Lead us not into temptation,” for it is dangerous; and then temptations are most dangerous.
Dear Lord may we remain steadfast in your Word and in our prayerful relationship with you, in all kinds of situations. Thank you for you are with us. Glorify yourself in us. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.