A Season of Psalms: Psalms 25: 1,4-5,15
“To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul…Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long…My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for he will pluck my feet out of the net.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
If you watch the game show “Jeopardy!” enough, you’ll recognize some of the categories of clues tend to repeat themselves. Regularly you find categories ranging from “American History” to “European Capitals” to “Sports.” One such category that occurs with some frequency is the category called “Potpourri,” which is a mixture of different facts and trivia that don’t necessarily revolve around a single theme. Categorical knowledge is important, and apparently, so is the minutiae of knowing “potpourri.”
Psalm 25, written by King David, could easily fit into the “Jeopardy!” category of “Potpourri” since there is no discernible theme, but a mixture of different thoughts and requests and heart-cries of David. Verse 1 finds him lifting up his soul and placing his trust in the hands of his heavenly Father while praying for deliverance from evil influence. In verses 4-5, he prays for instruction in the ways of the Lord. Later in the psalm, he cries out because of his great affliction and asks for God’s almighty presence to comfort him in his loneliness (v. 15-18) and forgive any iniquity in his heart. The psalm concludes on a hopeful note in verse 22: “Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.”
What can we discern from this psalm of potpourri? Notice that David began his prayer with the words “To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in You I trust.” His trust is not in himself and his own strength to deliver, but in the Lord alone. How did David know to commit himself to the Lord? Look in verses 4-5: by asking the Lord to reveal Himself and His ways through His word. David approached the word of God with a humble heart that was willing to learn and be taught. The great king of Israel acknowledged that he still had much to learn! And so do we. Let’s open our hearts to the Lord today and see how the God of our salvation will lead us and teach us!
Further Reading: 2 Chronicles 20:12; Matthew 7:24-27
Pray with me today:
Lord Jesus, open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. Open the eyes of my heart, for I want to see you high and lifted up, shining in the light of Your glory. Hear my prayer, in Jesus’ name, Amen.