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1 (A Psalm of David.) Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.

2 O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.

3 Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.

4 Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.

5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

6 Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.

7 Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness' sake, O LORD.

8 Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.

9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.

10 All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.

11 For thy name's sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.

12 What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.

13 His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.

14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.

15 Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.

16 Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.

17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.

18 Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.

19 Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.

20 O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.

21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.

22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.

Commentary for Psalms 25

Confidence in prayer. (1-7) Prayer for remission of sins. (8-14) For help in affliction. (15-22)

1-7 In worshipping God, we must lift up our souls to him. It is certain that none who, by a believing attendance, wait on God, and, by a believing hope, wait for him, shall be ashamed of it. The most advanced believer both needs and desires to be taught of God. If we sincerely desire to know our duty, with resolution to do it, we may be sure that God will direct us in it. The psalmist is earnest for the pardon of his sins. When God pardons sin, he is said to remember it no more, which denotes full remission. It is God's goodness, and not ours, his mercy, and not our merit, that must be our plea for the pardon of sin, and all the good we need. This plea we must rely upon, feeling our own unworthiness, and satisfied of the riches of God's mercy and grace. How boundless is that mercy which covers for ever the sins and follies of a youth spent without God and without hope! Blessed be the Lord, the blood of the great Sacrifice can wash away every stain.

8-14 We are all sinners; and Christ came into the world to save sinners, to teach sinners, to call sinners to repentance. We value a promise by the character of him that makes it; we therefore depend upon God's promises. All the paths of the Lord, that is, all his promises and all his providences, are mercy and truth. In all God's dealings his people may see his mercy displayed, and his word fulfilled, whatever afflictions they are now exercised with. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth; and so it will appear when they come to their journey's end. Those that are humble, that distrust themselves, and desire to be taught and to follow Divine guidance, these he will guide in judgment, that is, by the rule of the written word, to find rest for their souls in the Saviour. Even when the body is sick, and in pain, the soul may be at ease in God.

15-22 The psalmist concludes, as he began, with expressing dependence upon God, and desire toward him. It is good thus to hope, and quietly to wait for the salvation of the Lord. And if God turns to us, no matter who turns from us. He pleads his own integrity. Though guilty before God, yet, as to his enemies, he had the testimony of conscience that he had done them no wrong. God would, at length, give Israel rest from all their enemies round about. In heaven, God's Israel will be perfectly redeemed from all troubles. Blessed Saviour, thou hast graciously taught us that without thee we can do nothing. Do thou teach us how to pray, how to appear before thee in the way which thou shalt choose, and how to lift up our whole hearts and desires after thee, for thou art the Lord our righteousness.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 25

  • Shane Richey
    "Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation..." Psalms 25:5 KJV Psalm 25:5 King James Version KJV 5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation on thee do I wait all the day. Please quote the full verse.
  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 25:10 all the paths of THE LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep HIS covenant and testimonies --25:14-- THE SECRET OF THE LORD IS WITH THEM THAT FEAR HIM AND HE WILL SHOW THEM HIS COVENANT HEBREWS 12:14 follow peace with all men and --HOLINESS-- without which no man shall see THE LORD
  • Rev. Dr. Cynthia Redd
    It is a good thing to know we are secure in God our lord before Jesus now the Christ from human flesh thru David Ps. 89, (KJV), promise to David now security Ps. 91, (KJV).
  • Helene
    Because God is the way the truth and the light and we walk in so much lies and deceptions and darkness he would be the only one that can give us guidance to provide us the exit and the entry to the light Jesus Christ died and went into hell most darkest place maybe that you can be and captured I'm set free now we as those are free to live and be guided he is our pathway
  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 25:4 show me thy ways O LORD teach me thy paths --25:5-- lead me in thy truth and teach me for thou art THE GOD of my salvation on thee do I wait all the day 2 JOHN 1:4 I REJOICED GREATLY THAT I FOUND OF THY CHILDREN WALKING IN TRUTH AS WE HAVE RECEIVED A COMMANDMENT FROM THE FATHER JOHN 3:35 THE FATHER LOVETH THE SON AND HATH GIVEN ALL THINGS INTO HIS HANDS
  • Mona
    Hi Doreen,

    I read your desire/interest for 'salvation' and you seem unsure.
    Romans 10:19 If we shall confess the Lord Jesus with our mouth and believe in our heart that God had raised Him from the dead, you SHALL be saved.
    1st John 5:13 These things I have written unto you that you may KNOW that you have eternal life.
    Trust God's word
  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 25:9 the meek will he guide in judgement and the meek will HE teach HIS way JOB 34:4 let us choose to us judgement let us know among ourselves what is good MARK 10:18 and JESUS said unto him why callest thou ME good there is none good but one that is GOD PSALM 119:66 teach me good judgement and knowledge for I have believed thy commandments
  • BSP
    Verse 14~If we want a close relationship with Jehovah God we must have a fear of displeasing him and have deep respect for him and listen to his commandments.

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