Summary: God guides us through:1) A Path of Trial (Psalm 25:1-3), 2) A Path for Training (Psalm 25:4–5), 3) A Path for Thought (Psalm 25:6–7), 4) A Path for Teaching(Psalm 25:8-10)
The hardest part of any journey is the part that you have to take alone. It is especially difficult if you have not traveled the path before. When we lose someone we care about so much, like the loss of Doreen this week, we are called to continue the journey of life minus one who has thus far traveled with us.
The journey that the Psalmist recorded in Psalm 25, was one of a path of pain, instruction, reflection, and deliverance. AT what precise period this psalm was written, is not certainly known; but probably about the time of Absalom’s rebellion. It is evident that David’s sorrows were very great: but those which appear to have pressed with the greatest weight upon his mind arose from a view of his past transgressions, and probably from that flagrant iniquity committed by him in the matter of Uriah (Simeon, C. (1836). Horae Homileticae Vol. 5: Psalms, I–LXXII (145). London: Samuel Holdsworth.).
Continuing the journey of faith when we are uncertain of the path, or finding it difficult, is to consider who is with us. Although through the transitions of our lives people will come and go, God remains ever faithful to guide and comfort us.
In considering our way, in the path we should take, God guides us through:
1) A Path of Trial (Psalm 25:1-3)
Psalm 25:1-3. [25:1]To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. (ESV)
Psalm 25, in the form of an acrostic. That is, with a few slight variations, each of the verses of the psalm begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet—the first word of the first verse beginning with aleph, the first word of the second verse beginning with beth, and so on. It is a thoughtful prayer by one who knows that the only adequate foundation for any worthwhile life is God (Boice, J. M. (2005). Psalms 1–41: An Expositional Commentary (222). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.).
As the Psalmist David begins his prayer he opens himself up to God, lifting his soul as an offering is lifted before the altar in sacrifice. At the same time, he confesses his confidence in God. The Hebrew phrase does not mean a temporary raising of the heart to God, but a permanent setting of the affections on him (see Deut. 24:15; and comp. Ps. 24:4) (Psalms Vol. I. 1909 (H. D. M. Spence-Jones, Ed.). The Pulpit Commentary (180–181). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.).
The petition in verse 2, shows to whom David trusted and the reality of an enemy. He turns to his covenant God with his whole being, out of utter dependency on him. The close relationship between the Lord and the psalmist is set forth by the phrase “O my God.” To his God, who cares for him, he can come with confident expectation, as he draws close to him in prayer (“I lift up my soul,” cf. 86:4; 143:8). (VanGemeren, W. A. (1991). Psalms. In F. E. Gaebelein (Ed.), The Expositor's Bible Commentary, Volume 5: Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs (F. E. Gaebelein, Ed.) (227). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House)