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Psalm 25 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Don’t Fail Me, God![a]

25 King David’s poetic praise to God
Forever I will lift up my soul into your presence, Lord.
Be there for me, God, for I keep trusting in you.
    Don’t allow my foes to gloat over me or
    the shame of defeat to overtake me.
For how could anyone be disgraced
    when he has entwined his heart with you?
    But they will all be defeated and ashamed
    when they harm the innocent.
Lord, direct me throughout my journey
    so I can experience your plans for my life.
    Reveal the life-paths that are pleasing to you.
Escort me along the way; take me by the hand and teach me.
    For you are the God of my increasing salvation;
    I have wrapped my heart into yours![b]
6–7 Forgive my failures as a young man,
    and overlook the sins of my immaturity.
    Give me grace, Lord! Always look at me
    through your eyes of love—
    your forgiving eyes of mercy and compassion.
    When you think of me, see me as one you love and care for.
    How good you are to me!
When people turn to you,
    they discover how easy you are to please—so faithful and true!
    Joyfully you teach them the proper path,
    even when they go astray.
Keep showing the humble your path,
    and lead them into the best decision.
    Bring revelation-light that trains them in the truth.
10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful for those who follow the ways of his covenant.
11 For the honor of your name, Lord,
    never count my sins, and forgive them all—
    lift their burden off of my life![c]
12 But still one question remains:
    How do I live in the holy fear of God?
    Show me the right path to take.
13 Then prosperity and favor will be my portion,
    and my descendants will inherit all that is good.
14 There’s a private place reserved for the lovers of God,
    where they sit near him and receive
    the revelation-secrets of his promises.[d]
15 Rescue me, Lord, for you’re my only hero.
16 Sorrows fill my heart as I feel helpless, mistreated—
    I’m all alone and in misery!
    Come closer to me now, Lord, for I need your mercy.
17 Turn to me, for my problems seem to be going from bad to worse.
    Only you can free me from all these troubles!
18 Until you lift this burden, the burden of all my sins,
    my troubles and trials will be more than I can handle.
    Can’t you feel my pain?
19 Vicious enemies hate me.
    There are so many, Lord. Can’t you see?
20 Will you protect me from their power against me?
    Let it never be said that I trusted you
    and you didn’t come to my rescue.
21 Your perfection and faithfulness are my bodyguards,
    for you are my hope and I trust in you as my only protection.
22 Zealously, God, we ask you
    to come save Israel from all her troubles,
    for you provide the ransom price for your people![e]

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 25:1 Ps. 25–39 are fifteen poetic songs about bringing pure worship before God. Ps. 25–29 speak of our confidence to worship God. Ps. 30–34 point us to receiving life eternal from our Hero-God. The last five, Pss. 35–39, bring us to the importance of personal purity and holiness before God as we worship him in truth.
  2. Psalm 25:5 The Hebrew word most commonly translated as “wait” (wait upon the Lord) is qavah, which also means “to tie together by twisting” or “to entwine” or “to wrap tightly.” This is a beautiful concept of waiting upon God, not as something passive, but entwining our hearts with him and his purposes.
  3. Psalm 25:11 The Hebrew word used here for “forgive” or “pardon” is a rare word used only twice in the Old Testament and comes from a root word meaning “to lift off a burden.”
  4. Psalm 25:14 Or “covenant.”
  5. Psalm 25:22 Ps. 25 is an acrostic psalm; that is, in the Hebrew text every verse begins with a progressive letter of the alphabet. It is considered a poetic device of Hebrew literature. Go back through the psalm and notice how almost every verse begins with the next letter of our English alphabet. See if you can find them. (X was not included.)
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