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Psalm 25

June 4, 2009

This psalm is as much a prayer as it is a psalm. Consider the prayer portion as verses 1-7 and 16-22. The true psalm would be verses 8-15. Verse 11 is also part of the prayer. This is not unlike when we pray to God alone. We acknowledge God for who He is and we petition God. We pause and think about God and He teaches us revealing who He is. Then we conclude with our petitions in confidence and assurance that He has heard our prayer and then recognize we have participated in a holy worship experience.

The exhortation of Psalm 24 of “lifting up your heads so the King of Glory may come in” is now personalized with “I lift up my soul and trust in You”. The psalmist desires God to use him as an example, a witness, of a victorious life for those whose hope is in the Lord. To do so, the psalmist recognizes that the Lord must teach him and guide him. The psalmist must be fully committed. Commitment requires we ask forgiveness and be repentant providing access to God’s love and mercy. Humbling ourselves before the Lord is very important. In humility God is able to teach us His ways, to fellowship with us, to prosper us [mature and grow us] according to His plan, and to release us from Satan’s hold on us [salvation].

Even though we have humbled ourselves before God, we may from time to time feel lonely, afflicted, troubled, distresses, and hated. The psalmist recognizes this fact and asks for God’s grace and God’s protection. The psalmist desires to be saved from such turmoil in life. His refuge is in God. The integrity and righteousness he has been blessed with from God will prevail.

The psalmist not only prays for himself but for his nation. He wants Israel to experience what he has experienced because he placed his faith in the Lord God as his Savior.

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