Psalm 25

Psalm 25

A Psalm of David

A Psalm of Devotion to God

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This is a psalm seeking


Guidance, Mercy, Help, Deliverance,

and Protection.


Before the Bible study,

we present a song

that is based on

Psalm 25.

Outline of Psalm 25

as seen by Beth McLendon


This psalm contains 5 sections

with 13 sub-sections.


The Psalm begins with a call for help to God.

Section 1

A.  Honor to God - verse 1

B.  - A call for Help - verses 2-3

Section 2

C.  Seeking Guidance - verse 4-5

D. Seeking Mercy - verses 6-7

E. Seeking Guidance - verses 8 -9

F. Solidifying myself in God  - verse 10

G. Seeking Mercy - verse 11

Section 3

H. Fear of the Lord - verses 12-13

I.  Deep Friendship - verse 14

Section 4

J.  Seeking Help - verses 15

K. Seeking Mercy - verses 16-18

L. Seeking Help - verses 19-20

Section 5

M. Seeking Protection - verses 21-22

Recently as I was reading this psalm,

it reminded me of times


I am having a running prayer dialogue with God

and my thoughts and feelings

are going up and down and round and round.

Perhaps this is what was happening to David
as he was writing this psalm.

Whether that is true or not,

this psalm - as all psalms -

is designed to bring a greater connection

between ourselves and God.

Verse 1

Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.


David begins this prayer time

with words of honor to God

  and words of an intimate connection to God.

Interesting the word translated "lift up" is the Hebrew word -  nasa.

Note that NASA "lifts up" things into the air.

Sadly NASA often chooses to names things after foreign gods.

Verses 2-3

2 O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.

3 Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.

David is calling on God to help him.


David is acknowledging

that he may have to

wait on God.


Waiting on God - THAT always takes some dedication to God and some self-control.

We all have to wait on God.

His kingdom is received by waiting.

We must trust His Word and wait on Him.

His promises come to those who wait.

God does amazing things

while we wait.

The Lord is good unto them


- wait -

for him,

to the soul that seeketh him.

It is good that a man should both

hope and quietly

- wait -

for the salvation of the Lord.

Lamentations 3:25-26 KJV

Consider visiting our:
Waiting Patiently Prayer

The above is verse 5 from the next section.

Verses 4-5

4 Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths.

5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me:
for thou art the God of my salvation;
on thee do I wait all the day.

David humbly 

dedicates himself to being teachable.


Being teachable is one of the vital
to the Christian life.

Today as we read verses 4-5,

  let's cry out,

"Jesus, I want to be more like you.
Guide my thoughts and guide my steps."

God is our teacher.

God is our coach.

God is our heavenly parent -

who encourages us

and urges us

To grow up,

Dig deeper in his word,


Walk more like Jesus.

In verses 4-5,
God provides words for us
to speak out
in order to set our will
on the process of learning from him and serving him.

Section 2

Verses 6-11

This song is based on Psalm 25

verses 6-9.

Verse 6-7

6 Remember, O Lord, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.

7 Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness' sake, O Lord.

Verses 6-7 speak of

Seeking Mercy from God.

David firmly believed in the mercy of God, and he taught us to boldly seek mercy from God
in a humble manner.

As David said in

Psalm 86:5

"For Thou, Lord, art good,
and ready to forgive;
and plenteous in mercy unto all them
that call upon thee."


this inspired psalm is actually penned by

God himself - for HE is the author of the Bible.

And this verse tells us that God wants us to pray that

HE remembers his promises to us.

Obviously, those words are pleasing to him.

Verses 8-9

8 Good and upright is the Lord:
therefore will he teach sinners in the way.

9 The meek will he guide in judgment:
and the meek will he teach his way.

Verses 8-9 speak of

Seeking Guidance from God.

These verses remind me of God's Words in

Psalm 32:8:

"I will instruct thee and teach thee
in the way
which thou shalt go:
I will guide thee with mine eye."

As we read Psalm 25 verse 9,

we are reminded again

of the important of

Humbleness and Teachableness.

Verse 10

10 All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth
unto such as keep
his covenant and his testimonies.

Verse 10 speaks of

Seeking Mercy and Truth from God.

Verse 10 also speaks of the importance of


to God.

This verse speaks to me to

Solidify myself in God.

In Psalm 25, God tells us that

 Guidance and Truth are closely related.

So in verses 6-10,
the psalm emphasizes the recurring themes of
Mercy, Guidance, and Truth.

These concepts are foundations

to our understanding of the awesome God we honor.

These concepts emerge
from God's deep love for us.

Consider our page about God's Love:
Psalm 136

God has a path for us to walk.

Here are God's Words to us:

"I will instruct you and teach you in the way

you should go;

I will guide you with My eye.

Do not be like the horse or like the mule,

which have no understanding,

Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle,

Else they will not come near you."

Psalm 32:8-9 NKJV

The Word of God is Truth.

The Word of God guides us.

Verse 11

11 For thy name's sake, O Lord, pardon
mine iniquity;
for it is great.

Verse 11 speaks of

Seeking Mercy from God.

At times, all of us have

felt overwhelmed as we think about

our sinfulness.

Here David faces his sinfulness.

David is being humble before the Lord.

Admitting our sinfulness

and our need of a Savior who takes our sins -

is cleansing and healing.

It draws us into close communion with God.

Section 3

Verses 12-14

Verse 12-14

12 What man is he that feareth the Lord?
him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.

13 His soul shall dwell at ease;
and his seed shall inherit the earth.

14 The secret of the Lord
is with them that fear him;
and he will shew them his covenant.

This section highlights our need to


Fear the Lord.

Those who Biblically Fear God:

Have a type of reverence for God

that lovingly propels them toward him,

while keeping them wanting to please him.

As John the Baptist teaches us to say each day,

He must increase.
I must decrease.

John 3:30

Our goal is that

most of the time

our thoughts and actions

show a deep respect and reverence for Him.

Those who Fear the Lord are blessed with:

  • God giving extra guidance to them
  • Dwelling in peace with God
  • Your children being extra-blessed.
  • Getting to know secrets of God.
  • God's covenant manifested more often than with others.

Fear of the Lord

These verses give us insights into God's desire
for us to properly fear him.

These verses remind us that
God's extra rewards
come to them that properly fear him.

The Word of the Lord says:

"The Fear of the Lord
is the beginning of wisdom."

Psalm 111:10a NKJV


"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. But fools despise wisdom and instruction."

Proverbs 1:7 NKJV


"Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and depart from evil.
It will be health to your flesh,
And strength to your bones."

Proverbs 3:7 NKJV


"Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord;
that walketh in his ways."

Psalm 128:1 KJV

Also consider

Psalm 103:17 

Psalm 25 verse 14:

This verse reminds us of the

Deep Friendship

with God

that is available to us.

Section 4

Verses 15-20

Verse 15

15 Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord;
for he shall
pluck my feet out of the net.

Verse 15 speaks of

Seeking Help from God.

God associates

"being saved from Satan's snares"

with keeping our eyes on HIM.

Godly, teachable people

do not fall into Satan's snares

as often as others.

Consider our page:
Prayers to Prevent Disasters

Verses 16-18

16 Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me;
I am desolate and afflicted.

17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged:
O bring thou me out of my distresses.

18 Look upon mine affliction
and my pain;
and forgive all my sins.

Verses 16-18 speak of

Seeking Mercy from God.

This section is about

seeking mercy

and seeking forgiveness

from God

who is our Rock of Salvation.

Verses 19-20

19 Consider mine enemies;
for they are many;
and they hate me with cruel hatred.

20 O keep my soul, and deliver me:
let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.

Verses 19-20 speak of

Seeking Help from God.

Here David is seeking God's

Help and Deliverance

from enemies.


In Ephesians chapter 6 tells us that

our real enemies are not people

but Satanic forces.


                              And in Ephesians,

God reveals the Full Armor of God.

He tells us to put on the


to help us to be



Consider visiting one of our

Full Armor Prayer Pages

Armor Shoes

Sword of the Spirit

Section 5

Verses 21-22

Verses 21-22

21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me;
for I wait on thee.

22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.

Verses 21-22 speak of

Seeking Protection from God.

Here David is seeking protection:

For himself


For Israel.

Davide realizes that without

the goodness and integrity of God,

there is no help for him.

In Psalm 25,

David dedicates himself

to the God

who loves him.


And David seeks

deep communion with God.

Please consider visiting our other pages about

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