written by David.
1 To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul;
2 in you I trust, O my God. Do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.
3 No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse.
4 Show me your ways, O 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, O LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old.
7 Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O LORD.
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 for those who keep the demands of his covenant.
11 For the sake of your name, O LORD, forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
12 Who, then, is the man that fears the LORD? He will instruct him in the way chosen for him.
13 He will spend his days in prosperity, and his 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 The troubles of my heart have multiplied; free me from my anguish.
18 Look upon my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins.
19 See how my enemies have increased and how fiercely they hate me!
20 Guard my life and rescue me; let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in you.
22 Redeem Israel, O God, from all their troubles!
When I was in the third grade, I had a teacher who share his belief about God with the entire class. He told us we needed to grow up and take control of our life and leave the notion that we are special before God behind. God gave us a brain and we should rely on thinking abilities to make our decisions since the notion of a personal God was a myth. However, my fourth-grade teacher believed in a personal God in which you could have a personal relationship with and her life reflected that relationship. As I look back to these two teachers I realize that one of the first steps in understanding the book of Psalms is knowing that the loving God of the universe has not only reached out to mankind; but he has reached out to each individual to have this personal relationship that was reflected in Mrs. Wilson’s life. So, as we study this psalm we need to focus on David’s actions and the request that he is requesting from his personal Lord.
- I lift up my soul
- I trust in God
- I desire honor not shame
- I desire victory over my enemies
- I hope in the Lord
- I desire to be a student of the Lord’s ways
- I desire to be guided into truth by the Lord
- I desire redemption from my rebellious ways
- I desire to keep our ways
- I take refuge in the Lord
We can also see some of God’s attributes in this psalm:
- God honors those who hope in him
- The Lord has great mercy and love
- The Lord is good and upright
- The Lord guides and instruct the humble
- All the Lord’s ways are loving and faithful for those who keeps the demand of his covenant
- The Lord confides in those who fear him
- The Lord makes known his covenant to those who know him
- Only the Lord can release me from the snares of the wicked
Now the real focus of this psalm “David’s request before the Lord”
- Do not let me be put to shame
- Do not let my enemies triumph over me
- Show me your ways
- Teach me your paths
- Guide me in your truth and teach me
- Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways
- Forgive me my iniquities
- Release me from the snares of the wicked
- Lord turn to me and be gracious to me
- Free me from the anguish of my troubles
- Guard my life and rescue me
- May your integrity and uprightness protect me, since my hope is in you.
- Redeem Israel (USA) from all their troubles
Is your God a God that just lives way up there and looks down at the world and treats each of us as if we were but ants on an ant hill; or is your God a God that knows your name and knows the count of every hair on your head?
As I observe the events around me, I must realize that all things are in the Lord’s hands. Even when the rulers of this earth forget the ways of the Lord and follow a humanistic way of life; I must be like the seven thousand who have not bowed down to the gods of this world, but who remain faithful to God. So, as I read Psalms twenty-one through twenty-five today I will chose to make my God a personal God and follow after Mrs. Wilson’s example instead of a third grade teacher’s example who by the way his name I have long forgotten.