Psalm 25 is so comforting. I hope you will read it and listen to God’s comfort for you as you face whatever challenges that you have today. I’ll share a few of the psalm’s 22 verses.
Verses 1 and 2—
To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in You I trust, . . .
There is deep peace in trusting God completely, no matter what. I don’t believe there is real peace anywhere else.
Verses 4 and 5—
Make me 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 the day.
God has answers for whatever we are facing. He wants us to ask Him for those answers. We get busy trying to fix many things we can’t fix. We need to learn that waiting for Him is the most important thing we can do — and that waiting for Him really is doing something powerful.
Verses 6 and 7—
Remember, O Lord, Your compassion and Your lovingkindnesses,
For they have been from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
According to Your lovingkindness remember me,
For Your goodness’ sake, O Lord.
Any guilt about anything from any time in our lives — Jesus took care of all of that on the Cross. We need to come to Him for His forgiveness and salvation and quit wasting time on the past. Our children need us in the present.
Verse 8 and 9—
Good and upright is the Lord;
Therefore He instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in justice,
And He teaches the humble His way.
The Lord is good and upright. Good exists. In the media, bad may look like it is on the throne, but the One Who is really in charge, the One Who really is all powerful, is good — and He is the One who is really on the throne.
Verses 16 and 17—
Turn to me and be gracious to me,
For I am lonely and afflicted.
The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
Bring me out of my distresses.
My friend Dena and I were talking yesterday about all the people who have had to suffer loneliness in hospitals and elder living facilities over the last few months. Probably each one of us has suffered loneliness to some degree because we have not been free to spend as much time as we are used to with those we love. God cares about our loneliness. He has never left us alone.
Today I encourage you to rest in the only real refuge. We can do that no matter how busy we are or how long our to do list is. A heart that trusts can be resting in the peace that passes understanding even while her body is busy doing good.
Guard my soul and deliver me;
Do not let me be ashamed,
for I take refuge in You.