Summary: A psalm that can literally be prayed out because it is a cry from the soul in duress to a Lord who is not distant.
SAVIOR, SAVIOR, HEAR MY HUMBLE CRY
TEXT: Psalm 17:1-15
Psalms 17:1-15 (KJV) A Prayer of David. Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips. 2 Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal. 3 Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress. 4 Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer. 5 Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not. 6 I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech. 7 Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them. 8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings, 9 From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about. 10 They are inclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly. 11 They have now compassed us in our steps: they have set their eyes bowing down to the earth; 12 Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places. 13 Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword: 14 From men which are thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes. 15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.
I. INTRODUCTION—THE OLD SONG
-I would hope that all of us have at least heard if not sung one of the old classics of bygone years. It was a song that was frequently sung by those who were under some of the greatest burdens and sorrows of life. In fact, it was not just a song it was something of an anthem for the weary and pressured.
Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior
Verse 1: Pass me not, O gentle Savior,
hear my humble cry; while on others thou art calling, do not pass me by.
Verse 2: Let me at thy throne of mercy find a sweet relief,
kneeling there in deep contrition; help my unbelief.
Verse 3: Trusting only in thy merit,
would I seek thy face; heal my wounded, broken spirit, save me by thy grace.
Verse 4: Thou the spring of all my comfort, more than life to me,
Whom have I on earth beside thee? Whom in heaven but thee?
-This psalm has the same tone of voice that this song has.
II. KINDS OF PSALMS
-Anyone who reads the Psalms finds them to be a very majestic group of songs that can literally help us to experience the voice of God. If the Word of God is “God-breathed” (2 Tim. 3:16) then we take in that breath to our souls when we read the Psalms.
-Perhaps no other book in the Bible shows the variety of human emotions that a man will feel in his walk through life. When we can see them as a group of songs, it opens them up to us even more. That is why that serious Bible study is important as a spiritual discipline for saints of God. To think deeply about Scripture is to pull it into your life and let it shape you.