I’m so glad to bring my good friend, Tammy Gerber, from www.oneraindancer.com back to share with us! If you missed her first post here, you can click here to read as she shared her heart on our series “Confessions of a Worn Out Mama.”
I pray you’re blessed as she shares her insight on Psalms 25-26!
I love the Psalms so much. I go to them for comfort, encouragement and hope when I’m struggling. I also love the Psalms because they are raw and real. David is not afraid to say exactly how he’s feeling, which is a comfort to me. It’s a reminder that I can be honest with God. I don’t have to sugarcoat anything.
Psalm 25 is no different in its encouragement. David pleads with God for help, reminding Him of His great love and mercy (verses 6 and 7). He asks God to remember David according to His great love, not according to his sins (verse 7). David continues by listing some of the benefits of fearing God (verses 12-14). My favorite benefit of fearing God is verse 14: the Lord confides in those who fear Him. Confide means “to impart secrets trustfully.” (1) Don’t you think it’s amazing that the God of the universe would want to confide in us?
My other favorite verse in this Psalm is verse 16. It says, “Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.”(2) I love David’s honesty. He just tells it like it is, and He isn’t afraid to tell God what he needs. He tells God he is lonely and needs comforted. This world can feel very big and loneliness is a struggle for so many people, including myself. I’m so thankful for the reminder from David that when are feeling alone, we can go to God. He is the only One who can satisfy and fill our empty hearts. If you have time, jump ahead to Psalm 63:1-5. They are some of my favorite verses about God being the only One who can truly satisfy our souls.
In this Psalm, David says in verse 1, “Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have led a blameless life.”(3). To vindicate means, “to clear someone of blame or suspicion.”(4) I’m making an assumption (and just my opinion) here that David wrote this Psalm before the mess with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11). He even invites God to test him and examine his heart and mind in verse 2. I think it’s both comforting and terrifying that God examines our hearts and minds. I am so grateful for His continual grace and mercy toward us when we mess up. In verse 11, David reminds God again of His great love for him, and asks God to redeem his life and to be merciful to him.
I often wonder about David’s relationship with God. It had to be amazing to watch. It wasn’t perfect, but it was real. David obviously feels free to be totally open with God. He is not afraid to lay it all out before the Lord, and yet he does it with reverence and awe and respect for God. I love that and pray that I can do the same. I pray that for you too.
Where would we be without God’s grace? We would be in a pit for sure! I’m so thankful for God’s forgiveness and love, and I’m so thankful He sent Jesus to set us free from our prison of sin once and for all!
Thank you Brittany, for asking me to do this post!
- – Dictionary.com
- – Psalm 25:16 (NIV)
- – Psalm 26:1
- – Dictionary.com
It’s such a pleasure having Tammy share with us today!
David was always so real. The good, the bad and the ugly, he displayed it for us to see. David went down some treacherous winding roads in his lifetime. But I truly believe this is why he had such a passionate heart for worship. He knew where God had brought him from. Has God brought you through some things?
God sees us, hears us and examines every fiber of our being. And the crazy thing? He’s still pretty wild about us.
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