My Prayer

“Hear me, Lord, my plea is just; listen to my cry. Hear my prayer—it does not rise from deceitful lips. Let my vindication come from you; may your eyes see what is right. 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.”

Psalm 17:1-3

In this psalm, we are joining David in a prayer. He lived close to three thousand years ago, so to combine our voices with his, this many years later, is a privilege. How often have we cried out to the Lord, pleading with Him to hear our prayers? We are like David, asking the Lord to hear.

He is explaining that his requests are coming from truthful lips and a pure heart.

When we examine our lives, we know that we’ve all told lies. Sure, maybe we’ve described them as fibs to not actually use the LIE word, but they’re still lies. We know the thoughts and intents of our hearts have not always been pure.

But we can ask the Lord to create in us pure hearts and to set a guard over our lips. We can ask the Lord to purify our thoughts, to forgive our sins and clean us up from the inside out.

Some time ago three of my grandsons came to my house after running a cross country race. It had been raining. They were all pretty dirty, but the youngest walked in with mud on his shoes and socks, but also on his face and in his hair. I could see that he really needed to be cleaned up. I directed him to the shower.

God sees and knows that we need to be cleaned up. He is willing to do it. We merely need to ask. Then we can join the psalmist in his request as we come with truthful lips and pure hearts.

Heavenly Father, today I come asking for You to give me a pure, clean heart. Set a guard over my mouth so I do not say things that hurt You or the people around me. Clean me up from the inside out.

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