The prayer life of King David was very important to him. He prayed for all types of things and made various requests of God. Perhaps, to many of us, the prayer of David recorded in Psalm 25 may be a bit unusual but one that is very much needed in every generation. This acrostic poem emphasizes the need to petition God to teach us His ways, thereby providing guidance for daily living.
In order for one to receive guidance, they must first be willing to put their trust in the one giving the guidance. Here David says he will “lift up my soul” which is an indication of David’s willingness to place his life into the hands of God; the imagery may be like that of a toddler wanting the parent to pick them up and hold them.
David wants the Lord to “teach” and “lead” him in the ways of the Lord. He does not want the Lord to “remember the sins” of his youth, but rather he wants God to remember His “compassion and [His] lovingkindnesses” (v. 6, 7).
David realizes that being “good and upright” are fundamental characteristics of God and even though David has greatly disobeyed God, David still wants God to instruct him in the ways of God. He recognizes that God will teach the “humble His ways.” He recognizes that “the paths of the Lord are lovingkindness and truth to those who keep His covenant and His testimonies” (v. 9, 10). He recognizes that those who fear the Lord will want the Lord to “instruct him in the way he should choose” (v. 12). He knows the “secrets of the Lord” will be revealed to those who fear God, therefore he will focus his eyes towards the Lord “continually” (v. 15).
David even desires God to give him guidance as to how to deal with his day to day difficulties and troubles. David will “wait” on the Lord and put his total trust in God that He will “preserve” him.
If more powerful men like David would put their trust in God and seek His guidance the companies and governments over which they have the oversight, would prosper more than they are currently. For the common working man or woman, if they would seek the guidance of the Lord in their daily lives they would prosper like the people of Israel.
Putting one’s trust in the Lord necessitates them acknowledging that their sins need to be forgiven and that God’s guidance and instructions are what is best for them. Those who fear the Lord, request His instructions and apply His guidance will always be living God’s way.
Carlton G. McPeak is an evangelist working in the Florida Gateway region. All Scriptural quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Holman Bible Publishers, unless otherwise stated. He may be contacted at email@example.com.