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FRAMEWORKS: Psalm 25: Fundamental Trust


Of David.


[Preliminary Comments: Some suggest this is a psalm of lament where David makes strong protestations of trust to overcome what he is feeling. We prefer to see it for what it says - statements of trust applied to the difficulties of life [enemies] with requests for guidance [v.4,5] based upon David's confidence in the Lord's mercy & love and forgiveness [v.6,7]. As he declares the Lord's goodness [v.8-10] it gives him confidence to ask forgiveness for his failures [v.11] which he backs up with his confidence in the Lord who blesses those who come to Him in a right attitude [v.12-14]. This opens up the way for him to petition the Lord for help [v.15-20], trusting that the Lord will accept him for his integrity [v.21,22] and deliver him from any troubles.]



v.1-3 Declarations of Trust


v.1  In you, Lord my God,
     I put my trust.

v.2  I trust in you;
     do not let me be put to shame,
     nor let my enemies triumph over me.
v.3  No one who hopes in you
     will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
     who are treacherous without cause.


v.4,5 Requests for Guidance & Teaching


v.4  Show me your ways, Lord,
     teach me your paths.
v.5  Guide me in your truth and teach me,
     for you are God my Savior,
     and my hope is in you all day long.

v.6,7 Requests for God to remember but not the sins of his youth


v.6   Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
     for they are from of old.
v.7  Do not remember the sins of my youth
     and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
     for you, Lord, are good.


v.8-10 Declarations of the good ways of the Lord


v.8  Good and upright is the Lord;
     therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
v.9  He guides the humble in what is right
     and teaches them his way.
v.10  All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful

     toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.

v.11 Request for Forgiveness


v.11  For the sake of your name, Lord,
     forgive my iniquity, though it is great.


v.12-14 Blessings / Rewards for those who fear the Lord


v.12  Who, then, are those who fear the Lord?
     He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.
v.13  They will spend their days in prosperity,
     and their descendants will inherit the land.

v.14  The Lord confides in those who fear him;
     he makes his covenant known to them.

v.15 Trust in the Lord only


v.15  My eyes are ever on the Lord,
     for only he will release my feet from the snare.


v.16-18 Requests of the Lord


v.16  Turn to me and be gracious to me,
     for I am lonely and afflicted.
v.17   Relieve the troubles of my heart
     and free me from my anguish.
v.18   Look on my affliction and my distress
     and take away all my sins.

v.19,20 Requests for security because of his enemies


v.19  See how numerous are my enemies
     and how fiercely they hate me!

v.20  Guard my life and rescue me;
     do not let me be put to shame,
     for I take refuge in you.

v.21,22 His hope in the Lord


v.21  May integrity and uprightness protect me,
     because my hope, Lord, is in you.

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



[Additional Thoughts: A blend of confident trust and declarations of faith, awareness of difficulties personal and enemies and petitions for help. Isn't that what our prayer life is so often like?]



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