A Plea for Deliverance and Forgiveness
A Psalm of David.
1 To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. 2 O my God, I trust in You; let me not be ashamed; let not my enemies triumph over me. 3 Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause. 4 Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. 5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. 6 Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses, for they are from of old. 7 Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; according to Your mercy remember me, for Your goodness’ sake, O Lord.
8 Good and upright is the Lord; therefore He teaches sinners in the way. 9 The humble He guides in justice, and the humble He teaches His way. 10 All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, to such as keep His covenant and His testimonies. 11 For Your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquity, for it is great. 12 Who is the man that fears the Lord?
Him shall He teach in the way He chooses. 13 He himself shall dwell in prosperity, and his descendants shall inherit the earth. 14 The secret of the Lordis with those who fear Him,
And He will show them His covenant.
15 My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He shall pluck my feet out of the net. 16 Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me, for I am desolate and afflicted. 17 The troubles of my heart have enlarged; bring me out of my distresses! 18 Look on my affliction and my pain, and forgive all my sins. 19 Consider my enemies, for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred. 20 Keep my soul, and deliver me; let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in You. 21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for You. 22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all their troubles!
The following commentary is from Warren W. Wiersbe’s book ‘BE Worshipful’.
The psalm pictures life as a difficult journey that we can’t successfully make by ourselves……The psalmist knows he is a sinner who doesn’t deserve God’s help (vv. 7, 11, 18), but he relies on the goodness and mercy of the Lord. Psychologist M. Scott Peck writes, “Once we truly know that life is difficult–once we truly understand and accept it–then life is no longer difficult.” David knew that the path of life wasn’t easy, but he succeeded in the journey because he held to three unwavering assurances.
1. The Help We Need Comes from God (vv. 1-7). Other people lift up their hearts to idols (24:4), which are only manufactured substitutes for God, but David lifted his heart up to the Lord, for He is the only true source of encouragement……It has well been said, “When the outlook is bleak, try the uplook.” He affirmed his faith in the Lord and his desire to glorify His name……He desperately needed wisdom to make the right decisions, avoid the traps, and reach the goal. David not only prayed for God’s guidance, but he asked for insight to understand the Word; for only there could he learn God’s ways and understand his own path. “Lead me in thy truth” reminds us that the Word and prayer always go together (1 Sam. 12:23; John 15:7)……
2. Our God Can Be Trusted (vv. 8-14). At this point, David paused to meditate on the character of the Lord his God. After all why pray to the Lord if He can’t be trusted? But He can be trusted!…..If we submit ourselves to Him in meekness, He will teach us His ways, but if we are arrogant, He will be silent……Meekness is not weakness; it is power under control. God can be trusted to guide those who obey His word (v. 10), for a willingness to obey is the first step toward spiritual understanding (John 7:17). God can be trusted to be merciful and gracious to those who repent (v. 11), but we must walk in the fear of the Lord (v.12)……Knowing that the Lord has a plan for our lives and that this plan is the very best for us should give us great joy and confidence as we seek His will (16:11; 139:13-16; Eph. 2:10)……The word children is used nearly forty times in Deuteronomy, reminding us that our descendants can receive blessing from our obedience or sorrow because of our sins. If we love Him, fear Him, and obey His Word, He will draw near to us and share His plans with us……As we “walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,” we develop a close fellowship with Him and better understand His ways. Yes, the Lord can be trusted to help us; and when He helps, He does it in mercy and truth……
3. Trusting God Brings Us Victory (vv. 15-22). David once again turns to prayer and mentions to the Lord the special burdens that beset him, the dangerous enemies without, and the distressing emotions within……What were the enemies that God helped him to conquer?
Danger (v. 15)…… Satan is a destroyer and a murderer and would trap us all if he could, but if we are in God’s will, he can’t harm us.
Loneliness (v. 16). Those who have never had to exercise authority and make difficult decisions involving other people sometimes overlook the loneliness of leadership. As we obey the Lord, we sometimes see friends and even family members turn against us, and this is painful……
A Broken Heart (v.17)……God can heal a broken heart if we give Him all the pieces and let Him have His way.
Regrets (v. 18)……Satan is the accuser (Rev. 12:10) and wants to remind us of our sins, even though the Lord has forgiven them and holds them against us no more (Heb. 10:11-18).
Fear (vv. 19-20). We don’t know what the situation was, but whatever it was, David feared for his life……His enemies were increasing and so was his fear, but he trusted the Lord to take care of both.
Despair (vv. 21-22). “I wait on you” also means “I have hope in you.” To lose hope is to surrender the future to the enemy, and that only destroys the meaning of the present……Whatever lies the enemy was spreading about him, David knew that the Lord saw his heart and approved of his character. The prayer in verse 22 may have been added so the psalm could be used in public worship, but it expresses a basic truth; We are never alone in our trials, for as members of God’s believing community,we have encouragement from one another.
I wish everyone a very blessed day.