Psalm 25 A Plea for Deliverance and Forgiveness

Psalm 25 A Plea for Deliverance and Forgiveness

A Psalm of David

To You, O LORD, I lift up my

  soul.

O my God, I trust in You;

Let me not be ashamed;

Let not my enemies triumph

  over me.

Indeed, let no one who waits

  on You be ashamed;

Let those be ashamed who

 deal treacherously without

 cause.

Show me Your ways, O LORD;

Teach me Your paths.

Lead me in Your truth and

  teach me,

For You are the God of my

  salvation;

On You I wait all the day.

Remember, O LORD, Your

  tender mercies and Your

  loving kindnesses,

For they are from of old.

Do not remember the sins

  of my youth, nor my

  transgressions;

According to Your mercy

  remember me.

For Your goodness’ sake,

  O LORD.

Good and upright is the LORD;

Therefore He teaches sinners

  in the way.

The humble He guides in

  justice,

And the humble He teaches

  His way.

All the paths of the LORD are

  mercy and truth,

To such as keep His covenant

 and His testimonies.

For Your name’s sake,

  O LORD,

Pardon my iniquity, for it is

  great.

Who is the man that fears the

  LORD?

Him shall He teach in the

  way He chooses.

He himself shall dwell in

  prosperity,

And his descendants shall

  inherit the earth.

The secret of the LORD is with

  those who fear Him,

And He will show them His

  covenant.

My eyes are ever toward the

  LORD

For He shall pluck my feet

  out of the net.

Turn Yourself to me, and have

  mercy on me,

For I am desolate and

  afflicted.

The troubles of my heart have

  enlarged;

Bring me out of my distresses!

Look on my affliction and my

  pain,

 And forgive all my sins.

Consider my enemies, for they

  are many;

And they hate me with cruel

  hatred.

Keep my soul, and deliver me;

Let me not be ashamed, for I

  put my trust in You,

Let integrity and uprightness

  preserve me.

For I wait for You.

Redeem Israel, O God,

Out of all their troubles!

Waiting on the Lord to save tends to not be an easy thing, and it may feel as if your enemies will emerge victorious over you. Sometimes those enemies are internal, such as struggling with depression or addictions, and sometimes external, such as those who are persecuted and even martyred for the name of Christ. Another thing we should remember is that all things are for the glory of God; our pain, our hurt, our joy, our entire lives. Pray that God may guide us and teach us in His ways that we may glorify Him and not ourselves.

Fear God and be soft to His guidance. Although the easy way would be to try to do things in our own way, we must not be arrogant and think we know what is best. Once one falls into this trap, difficulty arises when trying to escape it. I know this from personal experience, and still working to get out of this. Believe what God says in His word and avoid believing what you want regardless of what it is.

Obeying God and believing Him in what He teaches us will prevent us from going astray. Many needless pains and sorrows are avoided by simply obeying our Master. For example, if we obeyed the commands given about marriage, then nearly all the problems we see today in marriages would be eliminated. Domestic abuse, adultery, divorce, and many other thingswould no longer be recognized as a problem.

Even when we sin though, we must repent and move forward in God’s commands. He will deliver us out of our trials in His own timing for His glory.   

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