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Psalm 25

Prayer for Guidance and for Deliverance

Of David.

1

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

2

O my God, in you I trust;

do not let me be put to shame;

do not let my enemies exult over me.

3

Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame;

let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

 

4

Make me to know your ways, O Lord;

teach me your paths.

5

Lead me in your truth, and teach me,

for you are the God of my salvation;

for you I wait all day long.

 

6

Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love,

for they have been from of old.

7

Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;

according to your steadfast love remember me,

for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!

 

8

Good and upright is the Lord;

therefore he instructs sinners in the way.

9

He leads the humble in what is right,

and teaches the humble his way.

10

All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,

for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.

 

11

For your name’s sake, O Lord,

pardon my guilt, for it is great.

12

Who are they that fear the Lord?

He will teach them the way that they should choose.

 

13

They will abide in prosperity,

and their children shall possess the land.

14

The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him,

and he makes his covenant known to them.

15

My eyes are ever toward the Lord,

for he will pluck my feet out of the net.

 

16

Turn to me and be gracious to me,

for I am lonely and afflicted.

17

Relieve the troubles of my heart,

and bring me out of my distress.

18

Consider my affliction and my trouble,

and forgive all my sins.

 

19

Consider how many are my foes,

and with what violent hatred they hate me.

20

O guard my life, and deliver me;

do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.

21

May integrity and uprightness preserve me,

for I wait for you.

 

22

Redeem Israel, O God,

out of all its troubles.


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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 and faithfulness.

6, 7. Confessing past and present sins, he pleads for mercy, not on palliations of sin, but on God's well-known benevolence.

8, 9. upright—acting according to His promise.

sinners—the general term, limited by the

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 refer—

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.




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