Psalm 25 begins wit a profound description of prayer. “To you, Lord, I lift up my soul…” which implies the lifting up of one’s hands in an out-stretched position as a gesture of entreaty. Hence, the NLT translates the meaning of lifting my life up to God–my life depends completely and only on the help of God–a public symbol for “in you I trust” (v.2). “I take refuge in you: (v.20, and “I wait for you” (vv.3-5, 21). This prayer has petitions (vv.2-7, 11, 16-22), and assertions of trust (vv,1-2a, 15). My soul, my life I lift up to you. “In the midst of the troubles of life (vv.17,18,22) I place my hope in you, and you alone, O God.”
In these terror-filled days we do not truly know what we are facing. But those who wait on the Lord trust in the Lord. The psalmist’s plea to be spared humiliation by his enemies is followed by another declaration of trust, first person singular. Prayer enables individuals and the church to face its enemies. Just to state you are “non-Muslim” was cause for killing in Kenya. What threat of enemies is never stated in Psalm 25, nor what sins past and present, nor even what guilt or affliction. We all have a past and a present. We have things about who and what we are before we met Christ that we regret. We are aware of our sinfulness, but we are trusting in the Lord and living out of hope in the Lord’s salvation. We don’t have to remain trapped in what Mark Batterson calls the “Cage of Guilt.” Confession opens the cell and allows us to go free.
The Lord teaches and instructs us in this psalm. Learning is the subject of this prayer: “Teach me…” is the prayer to God because of what only He can do. We depend on God, therefore, we pray.
Our sovereign Lord makes it possible for us to live in and according to the rule of God. It is the ways and paths of the Lord which are unfailing love and faithfulness, and into which the Lord our Savior guides the afflicted and sinners (vv.10,4-5). God’s way is right (v.9). We are on the right path. And in fearful times we lean upon the Lord. He is a friend to those who fear him (v.14) and he teaches us (v.10). “What is required is also given. What is needed is already known, but in the asking the knowledge is realized.” What we need He will supply.
Along with deliverance from the traps the world sets for the believer (v.15) and the forgiveness of sin, the prayer seeks the guidance of life into the way of the Lord. His instruction is part of God’s saving work and completes the salvation of liberation and justification with sanctification. We need the Spirit to bring into our lives the power and mercy of God to teach us the knowledge of His ways. Lord, please answer this prayer in our lives today!
David F. Nixon, D.Min.
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