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Psalm 25

Prayer for Guidance and for Deliverance

Of David.


To you, O L ord, I lift up my soul.


O my God, in you I trust;

do not let me be put to shame;

do not let my enemies exult over me.


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

let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.



Make me to know your ways, O L ord;

teach me your paths.


Lead me in your truth, and teach me,

for you are the God of my salvation;

for you I wait all day long.



Be mindful of your mercy, O L ord, and of your steadfast love,

for they have been from of old.


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

according to your steadfast love remember me,

for your goodness’ sake, O L ord!



Good and upright is the L ord;

therefore he instructs sinners in the way.


He leads the humble in what is right,

and teaches the humble his way.


All the paths of the L ord are steadfast love and faithfulness,

for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.



For your name’s sake, O L ord,

pardon my guilt, for it is great.


Who are they that fear the L ord?

He will teach them the way that they should choose.



They will abide in prosperity,

and their children shall possess the land.


The friendship of the L ord is for those who fear him,

and he makes his covenant known to them.


My eyes are ever toward the L ord,

for he will pluck my feet out of the net.



Turn to me and be gracious to me,

for I am lonely and afflicted.


Relieve the troubles of my heart,

and bring me out of my distress.


Consider my affliction and my trouble,

and forgive all my sins.



Consider how many are my foes,

and with what violent hatred they hate me.


O guard my life, and deliver me;

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


May integrity and uprightness preserve me,

for I wait for you.



Redeem Israel, O God,

out of all its troubles.

16. Have respect unto me. As the flesh is ever ready to suggest to our minds that God has forgotten us, when he ceases to manifest his power in aiding us, David here follows the order which nature dictates, in asking God to have respect unto him, as if he had altogether neglected him before. Now, it appears to me that the words might be explained thus: Have respect unto me, in order to pity me. He accounts it at once the cause and the source of his salvation to be regarded of God; and then he adds the effect of it: for as soon as God, of his own good pleasure, shall vouchsafe to regard us, his hand also will be ready to help us. Again, in order to excite the compassion of God, he sets forth his own misery, expressly stating that he is alone, that is to say, solitary; 564564     The Hebrew word here used is יחיד, yachid, unus, one, which is not infrequently put, as in this place, for a solitary and desolate person. David was now deserted, desolate, and destitute of all help. The word is used in the same sense in Psalm 22:20, and 35:17 and then he describes himself as poor. There can be no doubt that, in speaking thus, he alludes to the promises in which God declares that he will be always present with the afflicted and oppressed, to aid and help them.

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