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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

  • Jeffery Remson
    Forgive me lord past and present sins and present amen lord Jesus
  • Steve morrow
    JUDGEMENT FIRST --- PSALM 25:10 all the paths of THE LORD are mercy and truth --- UNTO SUCH AS KEEP HIS COVENANT AND HIS TESTIMONIES --- PSALM 32:10 many sorrows shall be to the wicked but HE THAT TRUSTETH IN THE LORD mercy shall compass him about LUKE 1:50 and HIS mercy is on them THAT FEAR HIM from generation to generation
  • Steve morrow
    --- JUDGEMENT FIRST --- PSALM 25:10 all the paths of THE LORD are mercy
  • Patty Tozi
    With God in my life- l can do no wrong. As long as l stay in His sight. A day is to wake up, to see the growth of another day God put me here to live. How life goes on - how precious this day is going to be. Show me your strength Lord- give me your Love. Hold me tight Lord- as l reach out to you above. In your arms Lord- l am meant to be!!
  • I am that Michael Isaac Dale
    Now is Christ in the flesh, long suffering; lest any excuses himself, avoids repentance and perishes. For it is written, We have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an Angel of God, even as Christ Jesus.
  • Lilian
    Thank you loving Father Jesus for your word Lord protect me from evil and cover me by your loving arms teach me Lord to go on the right path amen
  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 25:4 SHOW ME THY WAYS O LORD TEACH ME THY PATHS ISAIAH PROVERBS 8:20 I lead in the way of righteousness in the midst of the paths of judgement ISAIAH 48:1 hear you this O house of jacob which are called by the name of israel and are come forth out of the waters of judah which swear by the name of THE LORD and make mention of THE GOD of israel but --- NOT IN TRUTH NOR IN RIGHTEOUSNESS ---
  • Alfred
    This is my Life's Story. Does anyone go through the trails that go this way and that way in our life ? THE Psalm 25 will tell us the truth of the path we were on the path we are at and the path's end.
  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 25:20 O keep my soul and deliver me let me not be ashamed for I put my trust in you --25:21-- let integrity and uprightness preserve me --- for I wait on thee --- PSALM 91:10 YOU THAT LOVE THE LORD HATE EVIL HE PRESERVETH THE SOULS OF HIS SAINTS HE DELIVERETH THEM OUT OF THE HAND OF THE WICKED --- JOHN 14:15 IF YOU LOVE ME KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS ---
  • Kathy
    God will get the Job done. He will show up and show out!! Put trust in who he is.


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