Psalms 25

1 Lord, I give myself to you;
2 my God, I trust you. Do not let me be disgraced; do not let my enemies laugh at me.
3 No one who trusts you will be disgraced, but those who sin without excuse will be disgraced.
4 Lord, tell me your ways. Show me how to live.
5 Guide me in your truth, and teach me, my God, my Savior. I trust you all day long.
6 Lord, remember your mercy and love that you have shown since long ago.
7 Do not remember the sins and wrong things I did when I was young. But remember to love me always because you are good, Lord.
8 The Lord is good and right; he points sinners to the right way.
9 He shows those who are humble how to do right, and he teaches them his ways.
10 All the Lord's ways are loving and true for those who follow the demands of his agreement.
11 For the sake of your name, Lord, forgive my many sins.
12 Are there those who respect the Lord? He will point them to the best way.
13 They will enjoy a good life, and their children will inherit the land.
14 The Lord tells his secrets to those who respect him; he tells them about his agreement.
15 My eyes are always looking to the Lord for help. He will keep me from any traps.
16 Turn to me and have mercy on me, because I am lonely and hurting.
17 My troubles have grown larger; free me from my problems.
18 Look at my suffering and troubles, and take away all my sins.
19 Look at how many enemies I have! See how much they hate me!
20 Protect me and save me. I trust you, so do not let me be disgraced.
21 My hope is in you, so may goodness and honesty guard me.
22 God, save Israel from all their troubles! Of David.

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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.

Chapter Summary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 25

\\<<[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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