Psalm 25:16-22 A Lament Psalm by David
Psalm 25:16-22 Private Instruction, Part 2
Today we finish David’s lament in Psalm 25.
In this part of the psalm, David implores God to show His grace to him (v. 16). He says the “troubles of [his] heart” have “enlarged” (v. 17) Have you ever had your troubles enlarged? I think that’s the point in time we really implore God to help us. We might send up some nice prayers when the heat is increasing in our lives. When it gets really hot, then we implore Him! I think Romans 5:1-5 indicates that we grow when we are suffering. I believe we probably don’t hardly grow unless we suffer a lot.
An old Greek proverb says, “He who suffers much will know much.” A.W. Tozer said, “It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until he has hurt him deeply.” That hurts even to write. It is a shame, I guess, but I don’t think we make much progress spiritually without pain and suffering. Look at all these lament psalms we have from David!
David was “lonely and afflicted” (v. 16). He asks God to forgive his sins (v. 18b). Funny how we ask for forgiveness when we’re down and out? Not that funny, I guess.
David had “affliction” and “trouble” (v. 18a) because he had enemies all around him and they hated him . . . a lot ( hatred “with violent hatred,” v. 19b). If you are going to represent Christ, you will have people who pretty much hate you (John 15:18-21). Some will be other Christians! Some Christians act worldly.
So David asks for protection as he trusts Yahweh (v. 20-21). He’s “waiting” on God again (v. 21b)! You should, too.
David asks that God help him maintain his honesty (v. 21a). It is not honest to use worldly tactics to get your way. Those type of Christians hate those who are “waiting” on God.
David makes his request as an Israelite since God has promised to guard the descendants of Abraham (cf. Gen. 12:2) He fully expects Yahweh to save him from “out of all his troubles” (v. 22). Some day God will rescue the church out of the world in the Rapture (cf. 1 Thess. 4:16-18).
Proverbs 6:12-15 Stung
Have you seen the movie the Sting? You can see a lot of guys winking, signaling with their feet, and pointing in that movie (v. 13). That’s because they were all crooks.
It was rated PG so you didn’t hear so much of their perverse mouths but you can trust that they were “potty-mouths” (v. 12).
They were cute, of course, because it was a Hollywood movie, glorifying gambling and crookedhood. (I made up that word. Don’t look it up.)
If I’m right and we’re in the end times of the end times, there will be more and more people with “perversity” in their hearts devising evil and spreading strife (v. 14). I always tell my wife, everyone has a scam but us. We give away free teaching with free breakfast every Sunday. But scams seem to abound. It doesn’t seem like you can trust any deal offered you these days. There’s always some hidden catch down the road, it seems. The devil is alive and well in the world today and has more influence than ever (cf. John 12:31; 2 Cor. 4;4). When would the nation have tolerated a TV show whose central character was Lucifer before now? And I could give numerous other illustrations but you already have your own, I’m sure.
Calamity will come in a flash to these people (v. 15). But they will receive their punishment, either now or later (cf. Phil. 2:10-11). They will reap what they sow (cf. Gal. 6:7).
Psalm 73 is an entire psalm about these kinds of people. Verses 18-19 say of these “worthless” (v. 12a) ones, “Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction. How they are destroyed in a moment! They are utterly swept away by sudden terrors!” When God is done with them, He disposes of them. They don’t ultimately get away with anything. Hitler? Mussolini? Wile E. Coyote? I don’t know why evil people don’t give up and turn to God. They never see that evil people never get away with things. Someone like the Roadrunner always gets them. They always get stung.