Sermon preached on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at Garden Valley Chapel during our morning worship service based on Psalm 25:16-22.
“There and back again…”
Though not a journey of a young Hobbit, here the psalmist, King David, takes on a journey in this psalm that allows us to eavesdrop on a prayer to God during a very troubling, soul wrenching time in his life.
It is a prayer about guidance, guidance from the Lord.
4 Make me know Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths.
5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me…
If you remember anything about this series on Psalm 25, remember this:
*A prayer for guidance
And if I could leave you with this imprinted on your minds:
*You can trust the Lord with it all.
You can trust God to the very end.
You may not know how the Lord will work mightily and wonderfully your circumstances, but you can bank on this eternal truth:
3 Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed…
You won’t be disappointed. You wont’ be let down. God will come through. He hears you, my beloved.
Though it may have not been on David’s mind, he is teaching us much about prayer in this psalm.
What do you say to God when you are experiencing a painful period in life, especially as you are discouraged of heart seeking God’s perfect will?
Consider the following:
Affirming your trust in the Lord (vv. 1-3)
Asking God for guidance through His Word (vv. 4-7)
Ascribing greatness and goodness to our God (vv. 8-15)
As we read in Deut 32:4 -
4 “The Rock! His work is perfect, For all His ways are just; A God of faithfulness and without injustice, Righteous and upright is He.
As we conclude our study of this beautiful psalm, David truant to God in prayer.
That is…not only does he ask for divine guidance, but asks for divine deliverance as well.
But before we go any further, please stand as I read this God’s Holy Word for us this morning. Read Psalm 25:16-22.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
bring me out of my distresses.
18 Consider my affliction and my trouble,
and forgive all my sins.
19 Consider how many are my foes,
and with what violent hatred they hate me.
20 Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me!
Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness preserve me,
for I wait for you.
22 Redeem Israel, O God,
out of all his troubles. (ESV)
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