Ps 25:1-22. The general tone of this Psalm is that
of prayer for help from enemies. Distress, however, exciting a sense of
sin, humble confession, supplication for pardon, preservation from sin,
and divine guidance, are prominent topics.
1. lift up my soul—(Ps 24:4; 86:4), set my affections (compare Col 3:2).
2. not be ashamed—by disappointment of
hopes of relief.
3. The prayer generalized as to all who
wait on God—that is, who expect His favor. On the other
hand, the disappointment of the perfidious, who, unprovoked, have done
evil, is invoked (compare 2Sa 22:9).
4, 5. On the ground of former favor, he
invokes divine guidance, according to God's gracious ways of dealing
6, 7. Confessing past and present sins, he
pleads for mercy, not on palliations of sin, but on God's well-known
8, 9. upright—acting according to His
sinners—the general term, limited by
meek—who are penitent.
the way—and his way—God's
way of providence.
9. in judgment—rightly.
10. paths—similar sense—His modes
of dealing (compare Ps 25:4).
mercy and truth—(Job 14:1-22), God's grace in promising and
faithfulness in performing.
11. God's perfections of love, mercy,
goodness, and truth are manifested (his name, compare Ps 9:10) in pardoning sin, and the
greatness of sin renders pardon more needed.
12, 13. What he asks for himself is the common
lot of all the pious.
13. inherit the earth—(compare Mt 5:5). The phrase, alluding to the promise of
Canaan, expresses all the blessings included in that promise, temporal
as well as spiritual.
14. The reason of the blessing
explained—the pious enjoy communion with God (compare Pr 3:21,
12), and, of course, learn
His gracious terms of pardon.
15. His trust in God is fixed.
net—is frequently used as a figure for
dangers by enemies (Ps 9:15; 10:9).
16-19. A series of earnest appeals for aid
because God had seemed to desert him (compare Ps 13:1;
17:13, &c.), his sins
oppressed him, his enemies had enlarged his troubles and were
multiplied, increasing in hate and violence (Ps 9:8; 18:48).
20. keep my soul—(Ps 16:1).
put my trust—flee for refuge (Ps 2:12).
21. In conscious innocence of the faults
charged by his enemies, he confidently commits his cause to God. Some
integrity, &c.—to God, meaning His
covenant faithfulness. This sense, though good, is an unusual
application of the terms.
22. Extend these blessings to all Thy people
in all their distresses.