Psalm 25

Psalm 25 (NIV)

Of David.

In you, Lord my God,
    I put my trust.

I trust in you;
    do not let me be put to shame,
    nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one who hopes in you
    will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
    who are treacherous without cause.

Show me your ways, Lord,
    teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,
    and my hope is in you all day long.
Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
    for they are from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth
    and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
    for you, Lord, are good.

Good and upright is the Lord;
    therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
He guides the humble in what is right
    and teaches them his way.
10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful
    toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
11 For the sake of your name, Lord,
    forgive my iniquity, though it is great.

12 Who, then, are those who fear the Lord?
    He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.
13 They will spend their days in prosperity,
    and their descendants will inherit the land.
14 The Lord confides in those who fear him;
    he makes his covenant known to them.
15 My eyes are ever on the Lord,
    for only he will release my feet from the snare.

16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
    for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 Relieve the troubles of my heart
    and free me from my anguish.
18 Look on my affliction and my distress
    and take away all my sins.
19 See how numerous are my enemies
    and how fiercely they hate me!

20 Guard my life and rescue me;
    do not let me be put to shame,
    for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness protect me,
    because my hope, Lord, is in you.

22 Deliver Israel, O God,
    from all their troubles!

As I take a few days to regroup for our next study, I am led in the interim to the Psalms as a place of solace and worship, reminding me of my total dependence on the Lord.

I am grateful for King David, the man after God’s heart.  His relationship with the Lord and his worship are great examples for me to learn and practice.

David reminds us that we can put our trust in the Lord alone – not the Lord plus something or someone else.  The Lord is sufficient for all our needs and desires – He does not need our help or for us to prop Him up with our efforts.

I love how David sees God confiding in those who have a deep respect and holy reverence for Him (v. 14).  And what does God reveal to us who walk with Him?  His sorrows? No.  His fears?  No, as God fears nothing and no one.  God confides His covenant, His love letter, His overflowing joy and promise to His children.

May we abide in Christ, as the branches abide in the vine and cannot survive without the vine’s life-giving nourishment (John 15:1-17).

May we ask less from the Lord and seek more of the Lord as we draw closer to Him in relationship and friendship and reverence.