Psalm 25 – Protection, Guidance and Pardon

As I read Psalm 25 this morning I was reminded of how important it is to keep my hope, promise and focus set firmly on the Lord. This gains even greater necessity when we find ourselves under attack, pressure, anxiety, worry, fear…

Kind David wrote this Psalm. One theologian, Barnes, stated that the Psalm shows:

(1) Confident trust in God, and a feeling that that trust would not be disappointed, Psalm 25:1-3.
(2) A desire to be led in the way of truth, Psalm 25:4-5.
(3) A desire that God, in his treatment of him, would remember His own merciful character, and not the sins of the psalmist, Psalm 25:6-7.
(4) A belief that God will guide those who trust Him, Psalm 25:8-9.
(5) Confidence in God in all His ways, Psalm 25:10.
(6) Prayer for the pardon of sin, Psalm 25:11,
(7) An expression of belief that God will teach and guide those who fear Him, Psalm 25:12-13.
(8) The assurance that the secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him, Psalm 25:14,
(9) Prayer for deliverance from all trouble, Psalm 25:15-21.
(10) Prayer for the redemption of the people of God, for their complete deliverance from evil, for the salvation of the church, Psalm 25:22.

This Psalm also causes me to remember one of my favourite, comforting and challenging scriptures from Hebrews 10:

“Do not, therefore, fling away your [fearless] confidence,
for it has a glorious and great reward.”

(Hebrews 10:35 AMP)

So as the Psalmist wrote, I also write to encourage you to – Lift up your souls to God and let your unwavering trust and hope focus firmly on Him. He won’t let you be tempted beyond what you can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13b) and remember that He is always working things together for good, for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

” He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time…”

(Ecclesiastes 3:11a)

Have you fully given your heart to Jesus? Are you allowing him to lead and direct your path (Proverbs 3:5-6)? If so, then you qualify as a son & daughter (Romans 8:14) for the same protection, guidance and pardon as Kind David did.

Be encouraged, this situation or circumstance shall pass and although weeping may endure for a night (or many nights), a shout of joy will come one morning (Psalm 30:5b) and when it comes it shall be a lasting shout of joy.

God bless you,

But test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.”
1 Thessalonians 5:21 (New Living Translation)

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