Psalms 25

Prayer for Protection, Guidance and Pardon.

1 To You, O LORD, I 1lift up my soul.
2 O my God, in You 2I trust, Do not let me 3be ashamed; Do not let my 4enemies exult over me.
3 Indeed, 5none * of those who wait for You will be ashamed; Those who 6deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed.
4 7Make me know Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths.
5 Lead me in 8Your truth and teach me, For You are the 9God of my salvation; For You I 10wait all the day.
6 11Remember, O LORD, Your compassion and Your lovingkindnesses, For they have been 12from of old.
7 Do not remember the 13sins of my youth or my transgressions; 14According to Your lovingkindness remember me, For Your 15goodness' sake, O LORD.
8 16Good and 17upright is the LORD; Therefore * He 18instructs sinners in the way.
9 He 19leads the humble in justice, And He 20teaches the humble His way.
10 All the paths of the LORD are 21lovingkindness and truth To 22those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.
11 For 23Your name's sake, O LORD, 24Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.
12 Who is the man who 25fears the LORD? He will 26instruct him in the way he should choose.
13 His soul will 27abide in prosperity, And his descendants will 28inherit the land.
14 The 29secret of the LORD is for those who fear Him, And He will 30make them know His covenant.
15 My 31eyes are continually toward the LORD, For He will 32pluck my feet out of the net.
16 33Turn to me and be gracious to me, For I am 34lonely and afflicted.
17 The 35troubles of my heart are enlarged; Bring me 36out of my distresses.
18 37Look upon my affliction and my trouble, And 38forgive all my sins.
19 Look upon my enemies, for they 39are many, And they 40hate me with violent hatred.
20 41Guard my soul and deliver me; Do not let me 42be ashamed, for I take refuge in You.
21 Let 43integrity and uprightness preserve me, For 44I wait for You.
22 45Redeem Israel, O God, Out of all his troubles.

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Psalms 25 Commentary

Chapter 25

Confidence in prayer. (1-7) Prayer for remission of sins. (8-14) For help in affliction. (15-22)

Verses 1-7 In worshipping God, we must lift up our souls to him. It is certain that none who, by a believing attendance, wait on God, and, by a believing hope, wait for him, shall be ashamed of it. The most advanced believer both needs and desires to be taught of God. If we sincerely desire to know our duty, with resolution to do it, we may be sure that God will direct us in it. The psalmist is earnest for the pardon of his sins. When God pardons sin, he is said to remember it no more, which denotes full remission. It is God's goodness, and not ours, his mercy, and not our merit, that must be our plea for the pardon of sin, and all the good we need. This plea we must rely upon, feeling our own unworthiness, and satisfied of the riches of God's mercy and grace. How boundless is that mercy which covers for ever the sins and follies of a youth spent without God and without hope! Blessed be the Lord, the blood of the great Sacrifice can wash away every stain.

Verses 8-14 We are all sinners; and Christ came into the world to save sinners, to teach sinners, to call sinners to repentance. We value a promise by the character of him that makes it; we therefore depend upon God's promises. All the paths of the Lord, that is, all his promises and all his providences, are mercy and truth. In all God's dealings his people may see his mercy displayed, and his word fulfilled, whatever afflictions they are now exercised with. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth; and so it will appear when they come to their journey's end. Those that are humble, that distrust themselves, and desire to be taught and to follow Divine guidance, these he will guide in judgment, that is, by the rule of the written word, to find rest for their souls in the Saviour. Even when the body is sick, and in pain, the soul may be at ease in God.

Verses 15-22 The psalmist concludes, as he began, with expressing dependence upon God, and desire toward him. It is good thus to hope, and quietly to wait for the salvation of the Lord. And if God turns to us, no matter who turns from us. He pleads his own integrity. Though guilty before God, yet, as to his enemies, he had the testimony of conscience that he had done them no wrong. God would, at length, give Israel rest from all their enemies round about. In heaven, God's Israel will be perfectly redeemed from all troubles. Blessed Saviour, thou hast graciously taught us that without thee we can do nothing. Do thou teach us how to pray, how to appear before thee in the way which thou shalt choose, and how to lift up our whole hearts and desires after thee, for thou art the Lord our righteousness.

Cross References 45

Footnotes 12

Chapter Summary


\\<<[A Psalm] of David>>\\. This is the first of the psalms which is written in an alphabetical order, or in which the first word of every verse begins with the letters of the Hebrew alphabet in order, though it is not strictly and regularly observed; the reason of this manner of writing is not very obvious; the {r} Jews confess their ignorance of it; it may be to engage the attention to what is said, or to assist the memory in laying it up, and retaining it there. The occasion of the psalm seems to be the troubles David was in on account of an unnatural rebellion raised against him by some of his subjects, at the head of which was his own son Absalom; he speaks of himself as in a net, and in great affliction, distress, and trouble, by reason of his enemies, Ps 25:15-18; and as being brought to a sense of his former sins, for which he desires pardon, Ps 25:7,11. {r} Kimchi in loc.

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