There are times in the Psalms where David is speaking to himself in affirmation of his trust in God as well as petitioning before God. An unknown psalmist wrote in Psalm 42:11, “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 43:5, “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” When David declares in verse 3, “No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame,” he is not necessarily speaking of being embarrassed but of not being disappointed or being let down after having trusted in someone that in the end proves unworthy of our trust. Romans 5:5, “And hope does not put us to shame (does not disappoint us), because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” The enemy can taunt us with an inner voice or use others to say, “Where is your God?” (Ps.42:10). This is when we can honestly confess to God our anguish and we can cry out as the psalmist, “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God.” God says, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.” (Deut. 31:6; Heb. 13:5) “…I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” (Ps. 37:25) “Though my mother and father forsake me, the Lord Will receive me.” (Ps. 27:10)
Psalm 34:1-4 (KJV), “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalm 34:5, “Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.” An impactful movie called, “The Inn of Sixth Happiness,” is based on the life of Gladys Aylward. It is a story of her unshakeable trust in God as a missionary to China in the 1930s.
25:4-5, “Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 119:11, “I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” We can ask God to lead and teach us, a sure trustworthy way to be lead and learn is by His inerrant Word.
Ps. 25:6-7, David is asking God to remember His eternal mercy and love but to forget (remember not) the sins of his youth and his rebellious ways, remembering again His love and goodness.
Ps.25:8-10, “Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of his covenant.” “…God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (1Pet. 5:5; James 4:6) “Though the LORD is on high, he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he knows from afar.” (Ps. 138:6)
"…I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.” (Isa. 57:15)
“Wisdom's instruction is to fear the Lord, and humility comes before honour.” (Prov. 15:33)
“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” (Prov. 11:2)
Humility: the state or quality of being humble; freedom from pride and arrogance; a modest estimate of one's own worth; a sense of one's own unworthiness through imperfection and sinfulness. Being courteous. I like to call humility “controlled strength.” It is a lack of strength that causes us to brag or show off. The closer we get to God, the more we realize our smallness and recognize our complete dependence on Him.
I will close with Psalm 51:1-17, “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you. Save me from bloodguilt, O God, the God who saves me, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”
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