When you are wrongly accused, pray this psalm to God, expressing honestly your deepest feelings.
Listen while I build my case, God,
the most honest prayer you'll ever hear.
Show the world I'm innocent --
in your heart you know I am.
Go ahead, examine me from the inside out,
surprise me in the middle of the night --
You'll find I'm just what I say I am.
My words don't run loose.
Psalm 17, THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language. Copyright © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson. Used with permission.
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"Many of us are used to the idea that we might speak to God or to Jesus. Maybe at times it feels like shouting into the darkness or whatnot, but it’s not hard to do—at least as an imaginative exercise. What’s harder—even imaginatively—is to try to hear Jesus speaking to us. Are we just making things up? Are we just using Jesus as a puppet to say whatever we want to hear?" READ MORE