A prayer for pardon and protection
To thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not my enemies triumph over me, Also, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed who transgress without cause.
Show me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy loving kindnesses; for they have been ever of old. Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness' sake, O LORD. Good and upright is the LORD: therefore, will He teach sinners in the way. The meek will He guide in judgment: and the meek will He teach his way. All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth to such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
For thy name's sake, O LORD, pardon my iniquity; for it is great. 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 show them His covenant.
My eyes are ever towards the LORD; for He will pluck my feet out of the net. Turn thee to me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.
Look upon my affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins. Consider my enemies, for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred. 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.
Summary and Exposition
David, the psalmist of the 25th Psalms, in type represents the believer of today. In great distress, may we call upon God with all urgency. Let us pray for pardon, knowing by faith we will be heard.
In times of pressures or depression, if the mind is aware of its state of depression, let the same mind reason to look to the Lord. To thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.
When the burdens of this world are the weight to bear, the mind is cutoff from the reality of living. Wherewith it is in a place of despair and hopelessness, there, it excuses itself by shutting the windows to its opening. If sorrow is the reason, let joy be the solution to open the mind from a dark place of misery.
This joy, is the recognition that there is hope, to thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul, I trust in thee. Such call is the believer calling from his or her place of dark misery, and the Lord shall hear and open the windows of the mind with the radiance of hope.
In times of unhappiness shall we wait to be happy before we call on to the Lord for His deliverance? Certainly not, a patient need not the treatment of a physician when he is well. Instead, in his illness, he reaches out to the physician.
So then, may we call out to the Lord our Great Physician, in the time of need. O LORD, do I lift up my soul.
I have gone astray, for my doing, but now, O Lord, by your mercy, show me thy ways; teach me thy paths.
I have sinned, through inconsiderateness, and the heat of passion, but according to your mercy; remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions. Give me, O Lord, an abundant pardon.
Look upon my affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins. Consider my enemies, for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.
We are our own enemy when we fail to do that which is right, despite knowing the wrong, but for the lust of the flesh, we yield to the wrongdoing.
Nevertheless, my enemies are not standing with me, in hope of your mercy, so I stand alone in your presence. 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 You, Lord.
Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.
Israel represents the whole house of God. Though David, the representation of the believer seeking the face of the Lord through prayer, praises and meditation, for pardon and protection, while taking full responsibility for his action; thereby willing to face the consequence. However, when he is aware that his prayers are heard, and the blessings, and mercy of the Lord is about to be poured out in favor, David now includes all the house of God to be a recipient of God’s blessing.
How beautiful, this is the true representation of a leader and a man or woman of God.
Twelve Requests of David (or the believer) to God
1. Let me not be ashamed
2. Let not mine enemies triumph.
3. Let none who pray be ashamed
4. Let sinners be ashamed.
5. Show me Your ways
6. Teach me Your paths.
7. Lead me into truth
8. Teach me truth.
9. Remember Your mercies
10. Remember Your loving kindness.
11. Remember not my youthful sins
12. Remember for Your goodness’ sake.