Psalm 25:1-22, NIV 1984
1 In you, LORD my God,
I put my trust.
2 I trust in you;
do not let me be put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
3 No one who hopes in you
will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
who are treacherous without cause.
4 Show me your ways, LORD,
teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
6 Remember, LORD, your great mercy and love,
for they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth
and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
for you, LORD, are good.
8 Good and upright is the LORD;
therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
9 He guides the humble in what is right
and teaches them his way.
10 All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful
toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
11 For the sake of your name, LORD,
forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
12 Who, then, are those who fear the LORD?
He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.
13 They will spend their days in prosperity,
and their descendants will inherit the land.
14 The LORD confides in those who fear him;
he makes his covenant known to them.
15 My eyes are ever on the LORD,
for only he will release my feet from the snare.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 Relieve the troubles of my heart
and free me from my anguish.
18 Look on my affliction and my distress
and take away all my sins.
19 See how numerous are my enemies
and how fiercely they hate me!
20 Guard my life and rescue me;
do not let me be put to shame,
for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness protect me,
because my hope, LORD, is in you.
22 Deliver Israel, O God,
from all their troubles!
I remember when I was a child, I was so excited whenever my relatives from the United States would go home. If I am lucky enough, I would receive a earnest sum of crispy $1 bills from them. Perhaps everyone of you have already handled several US dollar bills all your life and one feature of the bill looks like this…
In the middle of the back portion of a $1 flashes the motto “In God We Trust”. Out of place as it is for a nation that is now heavily secularized, the “In God We Trust” continues to be a rallying point of Christians in daily living. God is sovereign over our lives and if there is anyone who we can ever trust, it is God. Thousands of years ago, King David faced a similar crisis in the fledgling state of Kingdom of Israel. Their enemies surround them from all sides and oftentimes threaten to invade the small nation. For a people in need, “In God We Trust” ever becomes a light in a dark moment.
This psalm of David starts with the exalting cry to God for their trust in Him. At this time, the words of David exclaim desperation and how the enemies threaten to shame him. As he pleads for God, he ask for the forgiveness of God over his sins and asks for the Lord’s salvation over his present predicament. He knows that the Lord will lead him in all this and all the promises He has made. In our daily life, we experience similar predicaments as King David. Big or small, our predicaments are ways of God for us to put our whole trust in His mighty power. He has authority over our sinfulness and our lives and He will never forsake us.
As you face life with uncertainty, may you reflect on the words of David’s psalm. May this make an impact in your countless struggles in life. No problem is big when your trust is in the Lord. His ways are made in love and faithfulness for us, these never fail.