Psalms 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.
11. God's perfections of love, mercy, goodness, and truth are manifested (his name, compare Psalms 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 Matthew 5:5 ). The phrase, alluding to the promise of Canaan, expresses all the blessings included in that promise, temporal as well as spiritual.
16-19. A series of earnest appeals for aid because God had seemed to desert him (compare Psalms 13:1 , 17:13 , &c.), his sins oppressed him, his enemies had enlarged his troubles and were multiplied, increasing in hate and violence ( Psalms 9:8 , 18:48 ).
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.