David wrote Psalm 17 as a prayer to God.
This psalm is a prayer. As there is a time to weep and a time to rejoice, so there is a time for praise and a time for prayer. David was now persecuted, probably by Saul, who hunted him like a partridge on the mountains; without were fightings, within were fears, and both urged him as a suppliant to the throne of mercy. He addresses himself to God in these verses both by way of appeal (Hear the right, O Lord! let my righteous cause have a hearing before thy tribunal, and give judgment upon it) and by way of petition (Give ear unto my prayer v. 1, and again v. 6, Incline thy ear unto me and hear my speech); not that God needs to be thus pressed with our importunity, but he gives us leave thus to express our earnest desire of his gracious answers to our prayers.
David wrote Psalm 17 as a prayer to God. What I love about this Psalm is that it is so relatable to my own prayers. First David asks God to listen, and then he reminds God (as if God needs reminding) that he has been good and dedicated to following God’s path. Finally, David explains that he is praying because he knows God will answer and asks for God to be his refuge.
One of the things I love about being a Christian and following our God is that He is a God of relationships. He wants us to come to him with our prayers. He wants to hear us ramble on about our joys and our struggles. Simply put, God wants us, He hears us, and He will answer us.
Does this prayer resonate with you as well? Have you prayed similar words?