Psalm 25:1-3 states, “(A Psalm of David)- Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.” It is a fact that you and I have been singing this portion of the 25th Psalm for many years. It is a great source of encouragement. Let’s take a few moments to explore this psalm further.
Notice some of the requests of David. In verses 4,5,6,7 and 20 , David pleads with God. He writes: show me, lead me, remember, remember not, and deliver me. As David makes these requests, he is showing the reader a contrast between the king and the Lord. While David is the king of the land, God is the King of Creation. God holds within His hand the authority to regulate how mankind lives. David fully understands this and says correct me to keep me holy in Your sight! What a beautiful idea. May our prayer ever be: “Correct me to keep my holy in Your sight!”
We need to understand WHO God will guide- the meek. So often, we think that the words meek and weak are interchangeable. They are not! Weak deals with physical strength while meek deals mental toughness. The word “meek” literally means “a tamed stallion.” That horse still has the ability to knock us down and hurt us but the horse allows the one with the reigns to dictate how he will act. The real question is: “Who has my reigns?” Matthew 5:6- “Blessed are the meek…”
Throughout this Psalm, David is consistently asking God to forgive him and the nation of Israel. Think about his mindset. Forgive me, first. Forgive us, secondly. David understands that the changing of a nation begins with him. Not because he is the king, but rather because he is a child of the King! Real change to a nation happens when real change happens in my life, then your life and then to others. If you want to change the U. S., then change yourself to be more faithful unto the Lord.
May God give us the courage to live the words we sing!