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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 25

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The First Book of Psalms (c 1-41)
Message: A Prayer For Defense (v 1-22)

Psalms 25 Commentary

(25:1) Our Enemies - Seventy-two psalms-almost half the book -speak about enemies. Enemies are those who oppose not only believers but also God's way of living. We can view temptations--money, success, prestige, lust--as our enemies. But our greatest enemy is Satan. David asked God to keep his enemies from overcoming him because they opposed all that God stood for. If his enemies succeeded, David feared that many would think that living for God was futile. David did not question his own faith--he knew that God would triumph. But he didn't want his enemies' success to be an obstacle to the faith of others.

(25:4) God's Guidance - David expressed his desire for guidance. How do we receive God's guidance? The first step is to want to be guided and to realize that God's primary guidance system is in his Word, the Bible. Psalm 119 tells of the endless knowledge found in God's Word. By reading the Bible and constantly learning from it, we will gain the wisdom to perceive God's direction for our lives. We may be tempted to demand answers from God, but David simply asked for direction. When we are willing to seek God, learn from his Word, and obey his commands, then we will receive his specific guidance.

(25:8-12) Follow The Lord's Way - We are bombarded today with unlimited temptations to go our own way. Advertising on our TVs, computers, and phones places hundreds of options before us about what we should buy, how we should act, and who we should become. In addition, we are surrounded by a barrage of appeals made by political parties, false religions, and dozens of organizations to support their causes. Add to that the dozens of daily decisions we must make concerning our jobs, our families, our money, and our communities, and we become desperate for someone to show us what the best way is. If you find yourself pulled in multiple directions, remember that the Lord offers to teach you his way (25:9) and show you the path you should choose (25:4, 12).

(25:13) Fear the Lord - To fear the Lord is to recognize God for who he is- holy, almighty, righteous, pure, all knowing, all powerful, and all wise. Only when we see God correctly are we able to have a clearer picture of ourselves -sinful, weak, frail, and needy. When we recognize who God is and who we are, we will fall at his feet in humble respect. Submitting to him puts us in position to receive his direction. Only then will he show us how to choose his way.

(25:14) A Friend of God - God offers intimate and lasting friendship to those who revere him, who hold him in highest honor. What relationship could ever compare with having the Lord of all creation for a friend? Your everlasting friendship with God will grow as you respect and honor him.

(25:16-17) Failures into Victory - Do life's problems always seem to go from bad to worse? God is the only one who can reverse the downward spiral. He can take our problems and turn them into glorious victories. The first and most important step is that we, like David, must cry out, "Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me." When we are willing to do that, God will do his work in us and in our situations. God has already made his offer--the next step is yours.

(25:21) integrity - We need integrity and uprightness to preserve us along life's way. The psalm writer asks for these character qualities to protect him step-by-step. Uprightness says, "This is the Shepherd's way," and integrity says, "I will walk consistently in it"

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Faith's Benefits

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Psalm with Chapter 25. Today's text shows a theme of prayer for defense, guidance, and pardon. David discovers that as we trust in God, He grants these same requests for us. In making application, we see that our faith in the Lord also produces benefits in our lives of defense, guidance, and pardon. Our faith is not to attempt to manipulate the Lord but should be a heartfelt expression of our love for Him. In return, the Lord shows these benefits in our lives. How about you? Do you see the benefits of having faith in the Lord? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that the Lord returns our love and faith by adding benefits that will help us in life.


Psalm 25

Psalm 25

 1Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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