Psalm 25[a]

Of David.

In you, Lord my God,
    I put my trust.(A)

I trust in you;(B)
    do not let me be put to shame,
    nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one who hopes in you
    will ever be put to shame,(C)
but shame will come on those
    who are treacherous(D) without cause.

Show me your ways, Lord,
    teach me your paths.(E)
Guide me in your truth(F) and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,(G)
    and my hope is in you(H) all day long.
Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,(I)
    for they are from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth(J)
    and my rebellious ways;(K)
according to your love(L) remember me,
    for you, Lord, are good.(M)

Good and upright(N) is the Lord;
    therefore he instructs(O) sinners in his ways.
He guides(P) the humble in what is right
    and teaches them(Q) his way.
10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful(R)
    toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.(S)
11 For the sake of your name,(T) Lord,
    forgive(U) my iniquity,(V) though it is great.

12 Who, then, are those who fear the Lord?(W)
    He will instruct them in the ways(X) they should choose.[b]
13 They will spend their days in prosperity,(Y)
    and their descendants will inherit the land.(Z)
14 The Lord confides(AA) in those who fear him;
    he makes his covenant known(AB) to them.
15 My eyes are ever on the Lord,(AC)
    for only he will release my feet from the snare.(AD)

16 Turn to me(AE) and be gracious to me,(AF)
    for I am lonely(AG) and afflicted.
17 Relieve the troubles(AH) of my heart
    and free me from my anguish.(AI)
18 Look on my affliction(AJ) and my distress(AK)
    and take away all my sins.(AL)
19 See how numerous are my enemies(AM)
    and how fiercely they hate me!(AN)

20 Guard my life(AO) and rescue me;(AP)
    do not let me be put to shame,(AQ)
    for I take refuge(AR) in you.
21 May integrity(AS) and uprightness(AT) protect me,
    because my hope, Lord,[c] is in you.(AU)

22 Deliver Israel,(AV) O God,
    from all their troubles!

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 25:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
  2. Psalm 25:12 Or ways he chooses
  3. Psalm 25:21 Septuagint; Hebrew does not have Lord.

[a] Don’t Fail Me, God!

King David’s poetic praise to God

25 Always I will lift up my soul into your presence, Yahweh.
Be there for me, my God, for I keep trusting in you.
    Don’t allow my foes to gloat over me or
    the shame of defeat to overtake me.
Could anyone be disgraced
    when he has entwined his heart with yours?
    But my foes will all be defeated and ashamed
    when they harm the innocent.
Direct me, Yahweh, throughout my journey
    so I can experience your plans for my life.
    Reveal the life-paths that are pleasing to you.
Escort me into your truth; take me by the hand and teach me.[b]
    For you are the God of my salvation;
    I have wrapped my heart into yours all day long![c]
6–7 Forgive my failures as a young man,
    and overlook the sins of my immaturity.
    Give me grace, Yahweh! 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, Yahweh,
    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 Loving are all the ways of Yahweh, loving and faithful for those who keep his covenant.
11 For the honor of your name, Yahweh,
    never count my many sins, and forgive them all—
    lift their burden off of my life![d]
12 Who are they that live in the holy fear of Yahweh?
    You will show them the right path to take.
13 Then prosperity and favor will be their portion,
    and their descendants will inherit the earth.
14 There’s a private place reserved for the devoted lovers of Yahweh,
    where they sit near him and receive
    the revelation-secrets of his promises.[e]
15 Rescue me, Yahweh, for you free my feet from every trap.
16 Sorrows fill my heart as I feel helpless, mistreated—
    I’m all alone and in misery!
    Come closer to me now, 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, violent[f] enemies hate me.
    There are so many, Lord. Can’t you see?
20 Will you protect me from their power against me? I have taken shelter in you.
    Let it never be said that when I trusted you,
    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![g]

Footnotes

  1. 25 Psalms 25–39 are fifteen poetic songs about bringing pure worship before God. Pss. 25–29 speak of our confidence to worship God. Pss. 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. 25:5 Or “Reveal your truth to me as I move forward.”
  3. 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 passively, but entwining our hearts with him and his purposes.
  4. 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.”
  5. 25:14 Or “covenant.”
  6. 25:19 This is the Hebrew word hamas.
  7. 25:22 Psalm 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 many verses begin with the next letter of our English alphabet. See if you can find them.

Teach Me Your Paths

[a] Of David.

25 To you, O Lord, I (A)lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I (B)trust;
    (C)let me not be put to shame;
    (D)let not my enemies exult over me.
Indeed, (E)none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
    they shall be ashamed who are (F)wantonly (G)treacherous.

(H)Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
    teach me your paths.
Lead me in your (I)truth and teach me,
    for you are the God of my salvation;
    for you I wait all the day long.

Remember your (J)mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
    (K)for they have been from of old.
Remember not (L)the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
    according to your (M)steadfast love remember me,
    for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!

(N)Good and upright is the Lord;
    therefore he (O)instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right,
    and teaches the humble his way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are (P)steadfast love and faithfulness,
    for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

11 For your (Q)name's sake, O Lord,
    pardon my guilt, for it is (R)great.
12 Who is the man who fears the Lord?
    Him (S)will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
13 His soul shall (T)abide in well-being,
    and his (U)offspring (V)shall inherit the land.
14 (W)The friendship[b] of the Lord is for those who fear him,
    and he makes known to them his covenant.
15 My (X)eyes are ever toward the Lord,
    for he will (Y)pluck my feet out of the net.

16 (Z)Turn to me and be gracious to me,
    for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
    bring me out of my distresses.
18 (AA)Consider my affliction and my trouble,
    and forgive all my sins.

19 Consider how many are my foes,
    and with what violent hatred they hate me.
20 Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me!
    (AB)Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness preserve me,
    for I wait for you.

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

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 25:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, each verse beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet
  2. Psalm 25:14 Or The secret counsel

Psalm 25[a]

A psalm of David.

O Lord, I give my life to you.
    I trust in you, my God!
Do not let me be disgraced,
    or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat.
No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced,
    but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others.

Show me the right path, O Lord;
    point out the road for me to follow.
Lead me by your truth and teach me,
    for you are the God who saves me.
    All day long I put my hope in you.
Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love,
    which you have shown from long ages past.
Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth.
    Remember me in the light of your unfailing love,
    for you are merciful, O Lord.

The Lord is good and does what is right;
    he shows the proper path to those who go astray.
He leads the humble in doing right,
    teaching them his way.
10 The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness
    all who keep his covenant and obey his demands.

11 For the honor of your name, O Lord,
    forgive my many, many sins.
12 Who are those who fear the Lord?
    He will show them the path they should choose.
13 They will live in prosperity,
    and their children will inherit the land.
14 The Lord is a friend to those who fear him.
    He teaches them his covenant.
15 My eyes are always on the Lord,
    for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies.

16 Turn to me and have mercy,
    for I am alone and in deep distress.
17 My problems go from bad to worse.
    Oh, save me from them all!
18 Feel my pain and see my trouble.
    Forgive all my sins.
19 See how many enemies I have
    and how viciously they hate me!
20 Protect me! Rescue my life from them!
    Do not let me be disgraced, for in you I take refuge.
21 May integrity and honesty protect me,
    for I put my hope in you.

22 O God, ransom Israel
    from all its troubles.

Footnotes

  1. 25 This psalm is a Hebrew acrostic poem; each verse begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet.