In life we as Christians constantly face challenging times where we are pressured to question God’s character and plans for our lives. This can be from family, workmates or our own guilt over sin. Psalm 25 comes out of a time of great affliction for David when he also would have been tempted to ask such questions. Facing a reality of bringing shame upon himself and God due to his own sin, David cries out to God for forgiveness, for God’s own name’s sake. David has the confidence to cry out to God for forgiveness as he meditates on God’s good character. Bringing God’s good character and covenant promises to mind assures him that God will make a way for him to be pardoned of his guilt and taken from the path of shame and lead in the path of honour. God has made a way through Jesus Christ who was afflicted and shamed on the cross, dying alone. Jesus has taken our shame and given us his place of honour, therefore we can have confidence that as we face trails and temptations in this life, God who loves us will lead us forward.
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
2 O my God, in you I trust;
let me not be put to shame;
let not my enemies exult over me.
3 Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
4 Make me to know 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;
for you I wait all the day long.
6 Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
7 Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me,
for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!
8 Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
9 He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
11 For your name’s sake, O Lord,
pardon my guilt, for it is great.
12 Who is the man who fears the Lord?
Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
13 His soul shall abide in well-being,
and his offspring shall inherit the land.
14 The friendship[b] of the Lord is for those who fear him,
and he makes known to them his covenant.
15 My eyes are ever toward the Lord,
for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
16 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 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!
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 Redeem Israel, O God,
out of all his troubles.