Psalm 25:1-15 A Lament Psalm by David
Psalm 25:1-15 Private Instruction, Part 1
Psalm 25 is a lament. That means David was whining. I love laments. Psalms 25-39 are mostly all laments. They mostly record David’s whining but some are also encouragements to Israel in the future. (If you haven’t noticed by now, there are different types of Psalms. Many are laments, some are about the king, royal psalms, some are hymns, and some are psalms of trust. Some are used in worship and are liturgical, others are for wisdom or teaching, and some are psalms of trust or just praise and thanksgiving.)
David starts by leaping into the everlasting arms (cf. Debt. 33:27; Ps. 62:8). He affirms his trust in Yahweh. Without faith it is impossible to please God (cf. Heb. 11:6).
David “waits on” God (v. 3). This is a forgotten discipline. We want what we want and we want it now. “Waiting on God” is wisdom. We should stop long enough to determine where God is leading us and then move (v. 3a, cf. Prov. 3:5-6; Ps. 27:14, 37:34). David knew if he depended on God, he wouldn’t be ashamed (v. 2-3).
Verses 4-5 are good prayers for when you get up in morning, “Make me know Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths.”
David trusted God every moment of the day and depended on Him, “For You I wait all the day” (v. 5). Notice the word “wait” again. He would not have been a typical American.
Yahweh had bound Himself to David in love. “Lovingkindness” translates the Hebrew, hesed, God’s binding, covenantal love (v. 6, cf. 2 Sam. 7:16). God will also bind Himself to us if we want (cf. Matt. 11:28-30).
David asks that God forget his youthful indiscretions (v. 7). We all do dumb stuff when we’re young that we’re ashamed of. Hey, I’ve done some dumb stuff when I was older, too. I’ve prayed this prayer a lot from verse 7. In fact, I pray that no one else remembers the sins of my youth, either! Paul warns us to flee “youthful lusts” (cf. 2 Tim. 2:22). If you do, you won’t have so much to pray when you get older.
God will instruct us how to avoid sin (v. 8-9). But many of us have bought the lie that sinning is more fun than righteousness but it is just that, a lie (v. 10).
The theme of the Bible is that sinning leads to death and a relationship with God leads to life. God wants a relationship with us more than we want a relationship with Him (v. 11, cf. 1 John 4:19). He wants to forgive us more than we want to be forgiven. Is. 43:25 says, “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins.” Psalm 103:12 says, “As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.” That’s an awful long way. Some say that east is an infinite distance away from west. Google it if you don’t believe me.
I love verse 12. It’s a promise that God will teach us what we should be doing. People pay a lot of money for counselors and consultants. How much would they pay to have God Almighty giving them advice? Verse 12 says that He is available to us!
If we listen to God, we’ll be rich (v. 13)! OK. Not like tons of money rich. Not like Ed McMahon shows up at your door rich. But better than that, we will be spiritually rich. I am surprised at some of the people that come to our tiny Sunday morning meeting. They are not the rich and famous of the world. Those people don’t seem to want God’s riches and wisdom (v. 13, cf. 1 Cor. 1:26-31). The people who come to our place on Sunday mornings are ones who have been battered around a bit. They are also the ones who are going to prosper, spiritually.
John 14:21 says, “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.” Verse 14 of our psalm says that God tells His secrets to those who fear Him, reverence Him, respect Him. God will let that kind of person know that He is bound to him (“know His covenant”).
So David was smart. He knew to be listening to the Lord moment by moment during the day (v. 15a, see Sensitive To The Spirit). His eyes were always bent upward to God. His ears probably were, too. He knew God was the One who could get his feet out of traps and keep him safe (v. 15b).
How smart are you?
Proverbs 6:6-11 A Real Bug-a-boo
I got tired while I was writing this blog. So I took a nap. Then I reviewed this passage. Now I feel guilty. It’s about a sluggard who sleeps all the time. If you sleep a little bit here and there, you won’t get anything done (v. 10). But there is a legitimate rest (see Smell The Roses).
If you’re sleeping all the time, you may have a problem. You may have insects crawling all over you. Do you? If you do, watch the ants (v. 6). They work really hard. Did you know they can carry ten to fifty times their own body weight. They must really be working out.
They don’t have anyone cracking the whip to make sure they have their noses, or whatever that pointy thing is at the front of their face, to the grindstones (v. 7). They work all summer long and then cook in the Fall (v. 8).
It’s easy to tell yourself that you’re just resting a little bit and then everything gets away from you (vv. 9-10). Discipline is the key. What word does discipline sound like? It sounds like disciple. Do you really want to be a disciple of Christ. You will have to be disciplined. In fact, to get anywhere in life, you have to be disciplined. Going to school and getting a degree takes discipline. Writing a book takes discipline. Cooking takes recipes and talent and knowledge and discipline.
If you don’t have discipline, you could end up in lots of debt and paying your bills will seem like armed robbery (v. 11).