Psalms 25

1 (24-1) <Unto the end, a psalm for David.> To thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul.
2 (24-2) In thee, O my God, I put my trust; let me not be ashamed.
3 (24-3) Neither let my enemies laugh at me: for none of them that wait on thee shall be confounded.
4 (24-4) Let all them be confounded that act unjust things without cause. Shew, O Lord, thy ways to me, and teach me thy paths.
5 (24-5) Direct me in thy truth, and teach me; for thou art God my Saviour; and on thee have I waited all the day long.
6 (24-6) Remember, O Lord, thy bowels of compassion; and thy mercies that are from the beginning of the world.
7 (24-7) The sins of my youth and my ignorances do not remember. According to thy mercy remember thou me: for thy goodness’ sake, O Lord.
8 (24-8) The Lord is sweet and righteous: therefore he will give a law to sinners in the way.
9 (24-9) He will guide the mild in judgment: he will teach the meek his ways.
10 (24-10) All the ways of the Lord are mercy and truth, to them that seek after his covenant and his testimonies.
11 (24-11) For thy name’s sake, O Lord, thou wilt pardon my sin: for it is great.
12 (24-12) Who is the man that feareth the Lord? He hath appointed him a law in the way he hath chosen.
13 (24-13) His soul shall dwell in good things: and his seed shall inherit the land.
14 (24-14) The Lord is a firmament to them that fear him: and his covenant shall be made manifest to them.
15 (24-15) My eyes are ever towards the Lord: for he shall pluck my feet out of the snare.
16 (24-16) Look thou upon me, and have mercy on me; for I am alone and poor.
17 (24-17) The troubles of my heart are multiplied: deliver me from my necessities.
18 (24-18) See my abjection and my labour; and forgive me all my sins.
19 (24-19) Consider my enemies for they are multiplied, and have hated me with an unjust hatred.
20 (24-20) Deep thou my soul, and deliver me: I shall not be ashamed, for I have hoped in thee.
21 (24-21) The innocent and the upright have adhered to me: because I have waited on thee.
22 (24-22) Deliver Israel, O God, from all his tribulations.

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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.

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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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