Psalms 25* Confidence in prayer. (1-7) Prayer for remission of sins.(8-14) For help in affliction. (15-22)1-7 In worshipping God, we must lift up our souls to him. It iscertain that none who, by a believing attendance, wait on God,and, by a believing hope, wait for him, shall be ashamed of it.The most advanced believer both needs and desires to be taughtof God. If we sincerely desire to know our duty, with resolutionto do it, we may be sure that God will direct us in it. Thepsalmist is earnest for the pardon of his sins. When God pardonssin, he is said to remember it no more, which denotes fullremission. It is God's goodness, and not ours, his mercy, andnot our merit, that must be our plea for the pardon of sin, andall the good we need. This plea we must rely upon, feeling ourown unworthiness, and satisfied of the riches of God's mercy andgrace. How boundless is that mercy which covers for ever thesins and follies of a youth spent without God and without hope!Blessed be the Lord, the blood of the great Sacrifice can washaway every stain. 8-14 We are all sinners; and Christ came into the world to savesinners, to teach sinners, to call sinners to repentance. Wevalue a promise by the character of him that makes it; wetherefore depend upon God's promises. All the paths of the Lord,that is, all his promises and all his providences, are mercy andtruth. In all God's dealings his people may see his mercydisplayed, and his word fulfilled, whatever afflictions they arenow exercised with. All the paths of the Lord are mercy andtruth; and so it will appear when they come to their journey'send. Those that are humble, that distrust themselves, and desireto be taught and to follow Divine guidance, these he will guidein judgment, that is, by the rule of the written word, to findrest for their souls in the Saviour. Even when the body is sick,and in pain, the soul may be at ease in God. 15-22 The psalmist concludes, as he began, with expressingdependence upon God, and desire toward him. It is good thus tohope, and quietly to wait for the salvation of the Lord. And ifGod turns to us, no matter who turns from us. He pleads his ownintegrity. Though guilty before God, yet, as to his enemies, hehad the testimony of conscience that he had done them no wrong.God would, at length, give Israel rest from all their enemiesround about. In heaven, God's Israel will be perfectly redeemedfrom all troubles. Blessed Saviour, thou hast graciously taughtus that without thee we can do nothing. Do thou teach us how topray, how to appear before thee in the way which thou shaltchoose, and how to lift up our whole hearts and desires afterthee, for thou art the Lord our righteousness
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