Psalm 25

Some lessons

Few things I learnt from this passage. I will highlight a few.

3 No one who hopes in you
will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
who are treacherous without cause.

Pride and shame are very big in the Chinese culture. You can often see this values tie prominently in traditional Chinese movies or family themes. Even in your own family, you may experience some of these. I myself, if I find that I have failed in something, I am honestly not always open about it with my family. But here it says, no one who hopes in God will ever be put to shame. Do you think you can apply that in your life?

7 Do not remember the sins of my youth
and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
for you, LORD, are good

We have all made past mistakes. Some small, others bigger. As youths, or in our younger years, we tend to make more mistakes. Some of which its effects carry on through the years, or it may ripple to others. As a result, guilt often builds up and eats us inside out. But as the psalmist wrote, God is good. Through His love, he will remember you and forget your transgressions. Your sins have been paid.

9 He guides the humble in what is right
and teaches them his way

Very often we ask God to show us the way.

“God, tell me what to do! Is this girl the right one? Is that move to that job appropriate? Should I sell my possessions and go into full time ministry?”

Trouble is, we may not always be humble enough to accept teaching and instruction. Examine yourself first before asking God to show you the way.

15 My eyes are ever on the LORD,
for only he will release my feet from the snare.

When you are in trouble, look to God, always. Easier said then done, since we tend to rely on our own judgments, earthly resources and strength.

It is incredible how rich this as well as the other Psalms are in regards to advice. Truly the authors must have a heart after God or this is inspired by God himself. Take heed then as we go forth during this week.