David turns to the LORD, asking to be taught the right path. In essence, David wants to grow in discipleship.
VERSE 1. To you, LORD, I lift up my soul.
To you, LORD. David approaches the LORD with confidence.
VERSE 2. My God, I have trusted in you. Don’t let me be shamed. Don’t let my enemies triumph over me.
VERSE 3. Yes, no one who waits for you will be shamed. They will be shamed who deal treacherously without cause.
no one who waits for you will be shamed. That is, that is, they will have their prayers answered and their needs met.
VERSE 4. Show me your ways, LORD. Teach me your paths.
Teach me your paths. This is the journey of discipleship. A believer wishes to grow in closeness to the LORD.
VERSE 5. Guide me in your truth, and teach me, For you are the God of my salvation, I wait for you all day long.
your truth. That is, God’s truths, and not our own. Human “truths” are very different from God’s eternal truths.
I wait for you all day long. One great way to pray is to simply sit still and wait for God. Much of the teaching of the great Christian mystics can be boiled down to this. It is the journey of Contemplative Prayer. We can sum up all of Contemplative Prayer and describe it as waiting.
VERSE 6. LORD, remember your tender mercies and your loving kindness, for they are from old times.
VERSE 7. Don’t remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions. Remember me according to your loving kindness, for your goodness’ sake, LORD.
VERSE 8. Good and upright is the LORD, therefore he will instruct sinners in the way.
he will instruct sinners in the way. Sinful humans need the gracious guidance of the LORD.
VERSE 9. He will guide the humble in justice. He will teach the humble his way.
VERSE 10. All the paths of the LORD are loving kindness and truth to such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
VERSE 11. For your name’s sake, LORD, pardon my iniquity, for it is great.
your name’s sake. In those days, a name was considered to embody the character of an individual. In the case of the LORD, his name would embody his revealed character.
VERSE 12. What man is he who fears the LORD? He shall instruct him in the way that he shall choose.
fears the LORD. This refers to the reverential respect of the LORD.
VERSE 13. His soul will dwell at ease. His offspring wi ll inherit the land.
VERSE 14. The friendship of the LORD is with those who fear him. He will show them his covenant.
VERSE 15. My eyes are ever on the LORD, for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
My eyes are ever on the LORD. This is how we are set free, and not by focusing on the problem.
pluck my feet out of the net. David is looking to the LORD for deliverance.
VERSE 16. Turn to me, and have mercy on me, for I am desolate and afflicted.
VERSE 17. The troubles of my heart are enlarged. Oh bring me out of my distresses.
VERSE 18. Consider my affliction and my travail. Forgive all my sins.
VERSE 19. Consider my enemies, for they are many. They hate me with cruel hatred.
VERSE 20. Oh keep my soul, and deliver me. Let me not be disappointed, for I take refuge in you.
VERSE 21. Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you.
VERSE 22. Redeem Israel, God, out of all his troubles.
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