Psalm 25:1-22 (ESV)
To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. 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! Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies. For your name’s sake, O LORD, pardon my guilt, for it is great. Who is the man who fears the LORD? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose. His soul shall abide in well-being, and his offspring shall inherit the land. The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant. My eyes are ever toward the LORD, for he will pluck my feet out of the net. Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses. Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins. Consider how many are my foes, and with what violent hatred they hate me. Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me! Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you. Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.
David was clearly a man who trusted in the Lord. Despite his failures, he was known as a man after God’s own heart. David grew up as least of his brothers, and he was the one that his father always sent to the fields to watch the sheep. He was humble and trustworthy. When the Philistines came to make war against the Israelites, his brothers went to the battle lines. David was later sent by his father, with food for his brothers, not to stay and fight.
David heard the ridicule against Israel by the Philistine Goliath. He became angry, because Goliath blasphemed the God of Israel. With the blessing of King Saul, David came against Goliath with naught but a crosier and a slingshot. At least as far as anyone could see. But David also had the blessing of God, and he was given victory over Goliath, a man twice his size.
The lesson we have here is that if we are humble, and honor the Lord, He will protect us, and give us victory over those who are arrogant and blasphemous.
How can you and I rest in God today in a world filled with stress and worry? We can read and study His Word, the Bible. We can pray for healing. We can comfort others by reminding them that God loves them, and we can remember that God promised that He would be with us.
This psalm reminds us that David, a young shepherd, was chosen to be the King of Israel, because God saw that he was faithful, and diligent. He did what he was supposed to do, and was not arrogant.
If you want to read more about the story of Saul and David, see 1 Samuel 15 and following chapters.
by Virgil Stripes