Psalm 25

Psalm 25 has David again facing a challenge from his enemies.  He begins this Psalm by putting his trust in God, whom he knows he can fully trust.  His words “I lift up my soul” express his surrender and submission and utter helplessness in facing his situation.  He knows that without God, he is toast.  He faces enemies that want to destroy him.  David asks God to clearly “Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths”.  He is teachable and wants to understand what God’s plan is for him so he can obey.

God doesn’t hide His will for us.  The problem is that far too often we don’t and ask what it is.  Rather than praying like David, we ask God to bless what we’re going to do and never even slow down to seek whether that is His will, or ours that we simply want Him to approve.  We have to seek Him.  “Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long”.  David understands the concept of waiting on God.  It wasn’t about his timeline, but God’s.  We plug into His plan, He does not plug into ours.  Sometimes we forget who is in the center of the universe and believe it is all about me.

David understands that God is good, and while He loves all, He particularly loves the humble.  “He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way”.  God loves to provide his instruction and guidance to the humble man or woman following after Him.  God goes on to give this remarkable promise: “All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies”.  The conditions are that we stay in God’s covenant and in His word (His testimony), by knowing them and obeying them. The promise is that God will continually pour out His love and faithfulness for those who walk in His covenant and truth.  What a powerful promise.

David is suffering all sorts of affliction during this time.  His enemies were everywhere, ready to destroy him at every turn.  He is in agony and comes to God seeking some relief.  “Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins”.  He knows God is the only source of relief, and David trusts Him.  David has a deep relationship with God, not one easily disrupted or separated by disappointment.  He again shares his heart and willingness to wait upon God to set him free.  “May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you”.  And he knows that how he lives – his integrity and uprightness – would be the key to God’s response.

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