Psalm 25 (NIV)
“David is pictured in this Psalm as in a faithful miniature. His holy trust, his many conflicts, his great transgressions, his bitter repentance, and his deep distresses are all here; so that we see the very heart of ‘the man after God’s own heart.’”
–Charles Haddon Spurgeon
1 To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul;
Our Father, who art in heaven . . .
2 in you I trust, O my God.
Do not let me be put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
This is an expressive figure of speech speaking of the surrender, submission, and waiting upon David directed toward Yahweh (the Lord), the covenant God of Israel. It was as if David held his soul in outstretched hands up to heaven saying, “Here I am Lord, completely surrendered unto you.”
Lead us not into temptation . . .
3 No one whose hope is in you
will ever be put to shame,
but they will be put to shame
who are treacherous without excuse.
4 Show me your ways, O LORD,
teach me your paths;
Thy will be done . . .
5 guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
a poem by Emily Dickinson
“Hope” is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—
And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—
And sore must be the storm—
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm—
I’ve heard it in the chillest land—
And on the strangest Sea—
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb—of Me.
6 Remember, O LORD, your great mercy and love,
for they are from of old.
7 Remember not the sins of my youth
and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
for you are good, O LORD.
8 Good and upright is the LORD;
therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
9 He guides the humble in what is right
and teaches them his way.
This prayer is a pattern for all Christian praying. Jesus is teaching that prayer will be acceptable when, and only when, the attitudes, thoughts, and desires expressed fit the pattern — that is to say: every prayer of ours should be a praying of the Lord’s Prayer in some shape or form. We never get beyond this prayer; not only is it the Lord’s first lesson in praying, it is all the other lessons too.
–J. I. Packer (renowned theologian, author of Knowing God, General Editor of the English Standard Version)
10 All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful
for those who keep the demands of his covenant.
11 For the sake of your name, O LORD,
Hallowed be thy name . . .
forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
Forgive us our sins . . .
12 Who, then, is the man that fears the LORD ?
He will instruct him in the way chosen for him.
13 He will spend his days in prosperity,
and his descendants will inherit the land.
14 The LORD confides in those who fear him;
he makes his covenant known to them.
Proverbs 3:32 (NIV)
The LORD takes the upright into his confidence.
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 The troubles of my heart have multiplied;
free me from my anguish.
18 Look upon my affliction and my distress
and take away all my sins.
1 Timothy 1:15 (NLT)
This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”
19 See how my enemies have increased
and how fiercely they hate me!
20 Guard my life and rescue me;
let me not be put to shame,
for I take refuge in you.
Deliver us from evil . . .
21 May integrity and uprightness protect me,
because my hope is in you.
HERE is a joyful song! “My Life Is in You, Lord” — my strength is in you, Lord, my hope is in You, Lord! Hillsong.
22 Redeem Israel, O God,
from all their troubles!
One of the worst aspects of difficulty and trial in the life of the believer is that it can lead one to become terribly self-focused and concerned only with their own problems. David, in his humility and reverence to God, was guided in a better way.