Bible: What Does Psalms 25-7 Teach Us About Forgiveness, Personal Righteousness, and God's Protection?
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Psalms 25-27: Forgiveness/Personal Righteousness/God is "For" You
The LORD Remembers Penitent Believers
David entrusts himself to God to protect him from his enemies (vv. 1-2).
Extending that prayer to all who "wait" upon the LORD, he asks Yahweh to “turn the tables” on the treacherous (v. 3).
His requests for the LORD's guidance in these matters abound (vv. 4-5); David also recognizes his need that the LORD "remember" mercy (vv. 6-7).
[What does it mean for the LORD “to remember”?
It appears to be a verb of action that signifies showing mercy through deliverance, and not taking into account youthful transgressions.
David is saying, "Do not chasten him because of them."]
After reminding himself that God is good and just toward the humble and that He faithfully leads the obedient in the true way, the psalmist asks the LORD for personal forgiveness (vv. 8-11).
[Although the psalmist has sinned grievously, he still anticipates his good God to forgive him.]
Then he focuses on the fear of the LORD as the key to living “the good life,” and being able to pass it down to his children (vv. 12-13).
God blesses the one who “fears” Him by teaching him His "secret”—apparently an understanding of the covenant (v. 14).
As he trusts the LORD, God will deliver him (v. 15).
David presents the LORD with reasons to vindicate him: personal integrity and trust in God (v. 1; cf. 25:21).
He asks Him to search out his inner life to prove his trust in Him and his righteous lifestyle (vv. 2-5; cf. Ps. 1:1; 139:23).
At God's altar, he intends to testify to the LORD's “works” with thanksgiving; he also confesses his love for the place where God’s glory dwells (vv. 6-8).
[The text refers to “Your house”—a usual designation for the temple; however, since Solomon had not yet built this structure, David must be referring to the tabernacle here.]
He pleads that the LORD would make a distinction between himself and sinners (vv. 9-10), asking that God would redeem him and show him mercy as he walks uprightly and intends to praise the LORD among the saints (vv. 11-12).
[Here David based receiving mercy upon his own faithfulness, not God’s; of course, we must remember that God enabled the king to live faithfully].
God is "For" Us
Understanding that the LORD is for him calms David's fears (v. 1); consequently, no matter who or what is against him, he is confident of victory (vv. 2-3).
His only ambition remains keeping in fellowship with the LORD every day (v. 4).
In His presence David feels safe, even when he is in trouble (v. 5).
Victory will result in joyful hallelujahs (v. 6).
At the time of this psalm, however, David feels alone as he waits for the LORD to answer; nevertheless, he continues to seek Him, confident that God will care for him (vv. 7-10).
He asks for wisdom and guidance to enable him to avoid the attack of his enemies (vv. 11-12).
Possessing a living faith in God prevents him from giving up hope (v. 13).
In light of this assurance in his own life, he exhorts his audience to wait and be encouraged, knowing that God will surely act on their behalf (v. 14).
[Understanding deeply and practicing faithfully the truth that the LORD is on your side can only revolutionize your attitude toward life].
Defintion of Divine Mercy
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David Asks for Mercy
Again, David pleads for mercy because his troubles increase (vv. 16-17).
He desires forgiveness for himself and justice upon his vicious enemies (vv. 18-19).
Through his trust in God and his personal righteousness, the psalmist expects divine preservation and deliverance (vv. 20-21).
His final prayer involves physical redemption for all Israel (v. 22).
[David's prayer runs the gamut, as he “plays all the cards” in his relationship with God: asking for guidance, mercy, and deliverance for himself, but shame and judgment for his enemies.
He also requests that God redeem Israel].
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