Psalm 25:1-2a: To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God.
This psalm begins with David crying out to God by acknowledging God’s greatness and his absolute trust and faith in the creator of this universe. In this 25th Psalm, David prays for God to show His mercy, His faithfulness, His love, and His grace. David was in the midst of suffering because of sins that he had committed and the resulting attacks on his character by his enemies.
I lift up my own soul to God today, because I know that I need God in order to make it through this day. My trust is not in the rulers or the things of this world, but rather in God and God alone. So today, I lift up my soul to God.
Psalm 25:4-6: Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Remember, O LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old.
I also cry out to God today, asking Him to guide me down the paths that will teach me God’s truth and His ways. The world that we live in wants and desperately tries to lead us down many wrong paths. The paths are wide and they look like attractive options. We are mislead and we think that we can take shortcuts and things will work out just fine in the end.
David asks for God to show him the path and the true way. He knows that these detours will only lead to deception and destruction. David desires to know God’s ways and he knows that God’s path is the right path to take. It’s often a difficult path to choose, but it is the only path that leads to salvation and eternal life.
Psalm 25:8-10: Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of his covenant.
David is praying a prayer of pardon, he readily acknowledges his sins before God. David has confidence, as should we, in God’s loving and upright ways. If we will only acknowledge our sins, God will forgive and will teach us a better way to live our lives, in obedience and faithfulness to God. God is faithful and loving to those who keep his commandments.
Psalm 25: 20-21: Guard my life and rescue me; let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in you.
We can never be as good and upright as God is but we can pray for God to guide us to become people of integrity and moral uprightness. This world that we live in is fallen and it is corrupt. It seems that society today has very low morals and many people are living a life that relies more upon self instead of God. Many today are focused on seeking fame and fortune, instead of God. The things of this world are temporary, they will not last. God is eternal and His word will stand forever.
Today I seek God and I seek His mighty and powerful strength. I realize that I cannot do life on my own, I need God on a daily basis to guide me down the right paths and to teach me His ways of truth. Continue to remain focused on God and not the things of this world.
Psalm 27: 1: The LORD is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?