Summary: A study in Psalm 25: 1 - 22
Psalm 25: 1 – 22
Lord, rescue me
A Psalm of David.
1 To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul. 2 O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies’ triumph over me. 3 Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause. 4 Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. 5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day. 6 Remember, O LORD, Your tender mercies and Your loving kindnesses, for they are from of old. 7 Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; According to Your mercy remember me, for Your goodness’ sake, O LORD. 8 Good and upright is the LORD; Therefore, He teaches sinners in the way. 9 The humble He guides in justice, and the humble He teaches His way. 10 All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth, to such as keep His covenant and His testimonies. 11 For Your name’s sake, O LORD, pardon my iniquity, for it is great. 12 Who is the man that fears the LORD? Him shall He teach in the way He chooses. 13 He himself shall dwell in prosperity, and his descendants shall inherit the earth. 14 The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant. 15 My eyes are ever toward the LORD, for He shall pluck my feet out of the net. 16 Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me, for I am desolate and afflicted. 17 The troubles of my heart have enlarged; Bring me out of my distresses! 18 Look on my affliction and my pain and forgive all my sins. 19 Consider my enemies, for they are many; And they hate me with cruel hatred. 20 Keep my soul, and deliver me; Let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in You. 21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for You. 22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all their troubles!
I think the biggest sin that we bear is that we do not ‘trust’ our Holy God. In truth He has rescued us 100 %. In today’s Psalm we see David underwent the same difficulties that we encounter.
I love the words of Psalm 50:15 which says, “Pray to me in times of trouble. I will rescue you, and you will honor me.”
I had memorized that verse some years ago. I’m not sure why I chose it at the time, but now it means the world to me. It is a promise, and God does keep His promises.
I am an emotional person to say the least. I often have moved from being very depressed and unproductive, to very hyper and productive. Like most things in life that sound like a curse, it can be harnessed and be a great blessing.
My tests and trials are great, and my sorrows are deep and painful.
Each time something awful would happen I would come crashing down, feeling like I was defeated. Each time I was sure it couldn’t get any worse, and then it got worse. I’m sure this hasn’t happened to you, right?
Yet in truth, each time when I got to the point where I felt I could pray no more and Satan won, the Lord would rescue me.
How He would rescue me, was always a surprise. He teaches us in the book of Isaiah chapter 55, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Something or someone would be in the right place at the right time to change the situation or to change my frame of mind. I would find encouragement and the Lord wound up making things happen that were better than before the tests and trials started. It happened over and over and over.
So what did I learn from this, really?
1. He will always save you. It may get far worse than you think, but He will always, always, always save you. He Is alive, He does care, He Is here, and He will rescue You. Wait on Him.
2. Second, and this is life changing, when my faith grew to the point where I knew He would save me, my fear of trials decreased dramatically. Because I know He Is with me, I can face what life throws at me. I know soon again I will be miserable and crying out, but it is okay, because He will rescue me.