Last week, I shared thoughts on the first part of Psalm 25 called Confident in God’s Guidance. Today, we’ll finish looking at the rest of that chapter.
Last week, we saw that God guides the following people:
- He guides those who trust Him and seek to glorify HIm
- Those who wait on Him
- Those who ask Him
- Those who are clean or are holy
- Those who submit to or obey Him
So the question for this week is, “Who else does God guide?”
For thy name’s sake, O Lord, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great. v. 11
- God guides the person who is pardoned.
The person who wants God’s forgiveness; therefore, he knows he has sinned. He says the same thing as God does about his sin and confesses it. If we don’t get unconfessed sin out the way, it is impossible for God to guide us.
We see this in Psalm 66:18:
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
What man is he that feareth the Lord? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth. The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. v . 12-14
- God also guides those who have a right attitude toward Him.
What is that right attitude? Someone who fears the Lord.
Here is a list of what those who fear the Lord will enjoy:
- He will get his soul dwelling at ease. This is God’s unmistakable guidance.
- The words, “he shall choose” is not about God choosing. Instead, it means that God guides the one who fears Him to choose what would please God. How will He guide him? through His Word.
- The words, “His soul shall dwell at ease” means that this person will get comfort and provision from God. He will have soul prosperity. He will not be anxious or worried about anything.
- He will get security. We see this from the phrase, “his seed shall inherit the earth” He will have a home.
- He will have divine fellowship with God. The word “secret” means intimacy. He will also get divine fellowship with God. God shares His direction to those who are close to Him, those in His inner circle. (v. 14) This means that they know God’s Word. Knowing His Word is the same thing as knowing Him as we knowwhat He says.
We see examples of this in the Bible — In the Old Testament, Daniel was knew God’s Word, was guided by God, and then the Lord revealed prophecy/His Will to him. In the New Testament, John, the beloved apostle, who knew Christ best while he was here on earth also had prophecy/God’s Will revealed to him.
We don’t need to be perfect to have God’s guidance. We see this in the example of David’s life. The example of David’s life shows that when we do wrong, we just need to ask for God’s pardon and then follow God’s guidance that He gives us through His Word.
We see now the conditions God guides His people through. (v. 15-22)
Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net. Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted. v. 15-17
- God will guide His people out of danger. (v. 15)
- But the condition must be that his eyes are on the Lord. He has to keep his eyes and focus on the Lord. God doesn’t guide rebels. He only guides those who humble themselves and submit themselves to His will.
Here David is in danger. There were many times David was in danger, and he learned that his eyes must be on the Lord if he was to be delivered from danger.
Our eyes are always to be towards the Lord.
- God will guide His people through loneliness. (v. 16)
“Desolate” means lonely; “afflicted” means depressed in your mind and in your circumstances.
David knew loneliness and affliction. Even as a child, he was the runt that was forgotten by his own father when Samuel came.
He was lonely in the king’s court; Saul kicked him out. Saul chased him for 10 years.
His closest friends and family members turned against him. Yet, he wasn’t alone. God was with him, and he kept his eyes on God.
The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses. v. 17
- God will guide us through brokenheartedness.
His heart had been broken by his children; a baby died;
He committed adultery; he committed murder; he had rebellious children. This circumstances broke his heart. Yet, he did not allow himself to feel sorry for himself for long. He was contrite and asked for forgiveness when he sinned.
These enlarged troubles will either make us or break us. David decided that even though he was not perfect, he was going to be a man after God’s own heart. He asked for God to hear him when he prayed. He let God heal his broken heart. (Psalm 4:1 18:19, 18:36)
God can heal a broken heart if you give him all the pieces. Don’t just pray for God to get you out of it, but pray Him to make you out of the difficult and painful circumstances.
Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins. v. 18
- God will guide us through our affliction or our regrets.
David has deep regrets from his previous sins. These past sins still bother him even though he knows he has been forgiven.
The accuser of the brethren tries to remind us of our past sins even though God has forgiven them and holds that sin against us no more. We learn from this that sin is ugly and will continue to try to make us not live a victorious life. In those times, we must remember that God does forgive our sins.
Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred. v. 19
- God will guide you through your fears. Take them to God!
When David took his fears to the Lord, God took care of his enemies and his fears.
O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee. Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee. Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles. (v 20-22)
- God will guide us out of despair.
- Condition: When we walk in integrity. When we wait on Him.
David grasped the truth that God did not require sinless perfection, but instead progression. He understood the value of God’s grace and forgiveness; therefore he moved forward even though he had done wrong.
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