Preparing the Way of the Lord

Psalms 25 – 26

Psalm 25

A psalm of sincere trusting faithfulness to God, revealing the proper relationship between man and God

Psalm 25:1 Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul. 

We are to give ourselves wholly to God in complete submissive humility.

25:2 O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. 25:3 Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.

If we put our trust in God to live by his every Word we shall never be ashamed, for God will lead us victorious over Satan, over bondage to sin and over the grave itself.  Those who refuse to live by every Word of God shall surely be greatly ashamed when they see the godly exalted while they are sternly rebuked.

25:4 Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.  25:5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.

God’s Word is Truth and brings eternal salvation to all those who live by it.  Let us all repent and turn to live by every Word of God, and pray that Almighty God may remember his merciful nature and forgive us for all our repented sins.

25:6 Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.

Let us sincerely repent of all our past sins and commit to “Go and sin no more” knowing that our merciful God will be gracious unto us to forgive and forget our past wickedness

25:7 Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD.

Every Word of God is life, for God’s Word teaches those who humble themselves to learn from him, how we may depart from all sin and live forever.

25:8 Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.  25:9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.

Those who walk in the paths laid out by the Word of God and keep their commitment to live by every Word of God, will live in Truth and will receive the mercy of the LORD.

25:10 All the paths [the whole Word of God] of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as [diligently live by every Word of God] keep his covenant and his testimonies.  25:11 For thy name’s sake, O LORD, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.

The iniquity of men is great, but God is greater and will deliver men from their bondage to sin.  

25:12 What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. 25:13 His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.

Those who are humbly submissive to live by every Word of God shall be taught of God because they have chosen the ways of God; and those who live by every Word of God shall inherit the earth in the resurrection of the chosen.

25:14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.

God’s salvation and the secret things of God shall be revealed in those who love God enough to live by every Word of God.  

25:15 Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.

If our eyes and thoughts are ever focused on the Eternal to do his will, he shall surely deliver us.

25:16 Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted. 25:17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses. 25:18 Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.

Let us cry out in sincere repentance to our Mighty One for his sure deliverance.  

25:19 Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.

The enemies we struggle with are Satan and many temptations to sin.  

25:20 O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.

God will deliver all those who put their trust in him, to follow him and live by God’s every Word; delivering them from their bondage to Satan and sin. 

25:21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.

If we are filled with the integrity and righteousness of the Word of God, through living by every Word of God,  the Eternal will save us. 

25:22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.

God the Father has redeemed the sincerely repentant with the blood and life of the Lamb of God.


Psalm 26

David is willing to be tested as to his fidelity to God, for he has dedicated himself to absolute faithfulness to live by every Word of God

Psalm 26:1 Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide.  26:2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins [examine my most secret thoughts and deeds for I have been loyal to you] and my heart.

God’s Word which is righteousness and loving kindness; was ever in David’s mind and should always be in our minds

26:3 For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.

We are not to keep company the wicked who are not zealous to live by every Word of God

26:4 I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.  26:5 I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.

1 Corinthians 5:11  But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

Psalm 26:6 I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD:

David washed himself in innocency which is a poetic way of saying that he was immersed in godliness and washed clean through living by every Word of God [Ephesians 5:25-26] and the application of Christ’s sacrifice for all sincerely repented PAST sins; and because of our innocency in Christ we are able to approach the throne of God the Father.

26:7  That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.

Let us all witness to and publish the greatness of God, for God has done wonderful things for us.  

26:8 LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth. 26:9 Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:  26:10 In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes.

God will account all those who live by every Word of God as faithful godly persons.

26:11 But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me.  26:12 My foot standeth in an even [permanent] place: in the congregations will I bless the LORD.

Those who walk [live] by every Word of God, and stand on the sure and solid foundation of the Rock of our Salvation, receive the mercy of the LORD and are accounted among God’s beloved faithful.

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