Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.—Psalm 25:5
In this lesson we are glad to dig deeper into yet another inspiring psalm from David’s pen. It apparently was written on the occasion of serious, but unrevealed, trouble in his life. Like many of us, David had plenty of troubles to deal with, and believers of all centuries are grateful that the Holy Spirit directed him to record his thoughts and burdens. Psalm 25 presents to us truths that will help us handle our own times of sorrows and distress biblically.
When writing Psalm 8, David’s pen flowed with only praise to his mighty God. No prayer requests or cries for help were expressed. Not so in Psalm 25, where over fifteen requests are recorded. We will especially notice his numerous cries for heavenly guidance: “Show me.” “Teach me.” “Lead me.” Through these words David is saying, “What am I to do, Lord?” Thankfully the answer to this question is woven throughout Psalm 25. He was to pray, he was to fear the Lord, and he was to trust God. Good counsel not only for David, but also for all who love David’s God!
I Am to Pray (Psalm 25:1–7)
I Am to Fear the Lord (Psalm 25:8–14) In this portion of Psalm 25, we have David’s meditation on the character and work of his God.
I Am to Trust (Psalm 25:15–22) So far in this great psalm, David has been talking to God (25:1–7) and talking about God (25:8–14). In the final verses, he wrote about keeping his eyes on God (25:15) even when surrounded by great troubles and distresses. Our hearts are touched as we read his closing prayer requests. In spite of his serious trials, he firmly declared that he was trusting in God for help and deliverance.
[Excerpt adapted from Selah: Studying God’s Songbook by Betty Henderson (Lesson 5, pp. 34–40). The book is an interactive Bible study with several questions for the reader to answer regarding the three points above.]