Book #1: 1-41, cont’d.
This Psalm, with a few exceptions, follows alphabetic acrostic…each verse beginning with the next letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
Psalm 25:1-3-David states his confidence that those who trust in God will not be ashamed.
Verse 1-“I have trusted in the LORD without wavering”
The Hebrew phrase does not mean a temporary raising of the heart to God, but a permanent setting of the affections on him (see Deut. 24:15; and comp. Ps. 24:4).
Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Psalms (Vol. 1, pp. 180–181). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, Logos Bible Software
Psalm 25:4-5-He asks God to show him His "ways, paths, truth"...because He is his God and he wants to be faithful to follow Him. He recognizes that man is so ignorant of the ways of God…that unless He reveals them to him he will be hopeless.
Man is so wanting in spiritual understanding, so morally blind and ignorant, that, unless enlightened from on high, he cannot discern aright the “way of godliness;” he does not know at any given moment what God would have him to do. Hence it is the constant prayer of every religious man that God will “lighten his darkness;” “make his way plain before his face;” “show him the path that he should walk in;” enable him to see, if no more, at any rate the next step which it is his duty to take.
Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Psalms (Vol. 1, p. 181). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, Logos Bible Software
Psalm 25:6-7-David asks God to not treat him on the basis of his sinfulness, but according to His lovingkindness (to forgive his sin). The basis of our relationship with God is not our character, but His.
Psalm 25:8-15-David affirms the fact that God instructs sinners (those that know that they need His help, :8), and the humble (those that are willing to accept His help, :9) in His way. God’s way is based on His love for us and His truth (:10). As a result, David says that his sin will be forgiven (:11), he will make the right choices (:12), he will experience the blessings of God (:13), his descendants will be blessed (:13), God will reveal deeper spiritual matters to him (:14), He will base His relationship with him on the covenant He has established (:14, as opposed to David deserving it or earning it), God will rescue him from danger (:15).
Psalm 25:16-22-Now, based on those thoughts, David calls out to God to protect him from his enemies...and from the discouragement and fear that is associated with their attacks. He concludes by applying this prayer not just to himself…but, to all of Israel.
Psalm 26:1-8-David tells the LORD that he has not acted in the ways of the wicked...but has followed His truth. But it isn’t just what he has not done that is important. It is also what he has done. David says that he loves to be in God’s presence and has sought to be there.
Psalm 26:9-12-He then prays that the LORD will be gracious to him and instead of judging him and sending him away from His presence…that he will redeem him and allow him to continue to be with Him.
Psalm 27:1-3-David makes a powerful declaration of his faith in the LORD...that He is his salvation and defense...so he will be confident and not fear. “Light” dispels the uncertainties and hidden dangers of the dark. The “salvation” of God is His guarantee of security and continuation of life with Him. God’s “defense” assures us that He will protect us when attacked. David says that despite the attacks of his adversaries he is confident because his trust is in God.
Psalm 27:4-6-Davids says that the one thing that he requests and will seek after more than all else is to be in God’s “house, temple, tabernacle, tent”. Each of these speak of being in God’s immediate presence. In God’s presence there is safety. God will protect him in the day of trouble. There, he will “shout” and “sing” praise to the Lord.
Psalm 27:7-10-David tells the LORD that he will seek His face...and that he knows that He will always be there. Verse 10 should probably be read as a conditional statement: “Even if my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will take me up” (meaning God will make him secure). The relationship with a father and mother is supposed to be the most secure and protective relationship that a child will ever have on earth. David says that there is an even greater, more secure relationship. The one that exists with God. When all others fail…God never will.
Psalm 27:11-14-David says that if he had not had the knowledge that the LORD is good and would protect him...he would have despaired. Instead, he is strengthened and has courage.
Prayer: Father, I pray that You will give me the faith to state that, “I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.” Help me to be faithful at all times…good and blessed, as well as those that are hard and difficult and for which at times I have no explanation. Let You be my explanation. When I can see no reason or offer any rationale for what is happening…let my faith in Your wisdom of the situation satisfy my questions and uncertainties. Help me to trust that You know why it is happening and have sovereignly chosen to allow it to happen…and to be satisfied with that. I don’t have to have all the answers when I have You. You are the answer.