READ PSALM TWENTY-FIVE
This week, we are using Psalm 25 as our model of supplication and submission. This Psalm was written by David while he was king of Israel.
What do you know about David?
David was God’s chosen king for Israel. When Israel insisted that they wanted a king just like every other nation had, God gave them Saul. And Saul, through disregard for God’s holiness, was rejected by God as king. The prophet who appointed Saul as king was then tasked by God to identify the king who would succeed Saul. We do not know precisely when David wrote Psalm 25, but there is reason to believe that David wrote it early in his reign as king.
Read Psalm 25:1-3. What need does David present to God?
Somehow, David’s reputation is at stake. The enemies that oppose him threaten to put him to shame, and David needs God’s salvation from his enemies. The request that David earnestly brings before God is a request for salvation from his enemies.
Read 1 Samuel 17. To give context for this narrative, remember that Saul has already been rejected by God as king, but is still acting as king.
What catalyzes David’s action in this narrative? In other words, what upsets him most?
Re-read 1 Samuel 17:47. On what does David stake his entire reputation?
From the very beginning of David’s public display of leadership in Israel, he stakes his entire identity on the supremacy of his God. Infuriated that a nation or a man would speak against Yahweh, David takes up the task of fighting on behalf of Israel. When he goes out to meet his opponent, he doesn’t threaten Goliath with his sword or a spear, but with the supremacy of his God. The ultimacy of his God is the foundation for David’s kingship and his rule in Israel.
How does this help us understand David’s prayer, “let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me …”?
David has staked everything on his God. If God fails to defend Israel, David will be put to shame. If God fails to provide for His people, David will be humiliated. Everything David has is resting on the character, faithfulness, and ultimacy of Yahweh. And David’s request is this: Don’t let us down! Keep being who You are!
And immediately David reminds himself of the truth (vs. 3): Indeed, none who wait for You shall be put to shame. On the heels of his request for salvation, David reminds himself of God’s unchanging character. David’s brings his requests to God, and then submits himself to God’s faithfulness.
Read Psalm 25:4-5. As David waits on the Lord, what does he ask of God?
David concludes this section of the prayer by asking God to lead him forward. As he faces enemies – likely political and military enemies – he both rests in God’s character and submits to God’s leadership. Knowing that those who wait on God will not be put to shame, he commits to waiting on God all day long.
In what ways in your own life do you need God to keep being who He is? Do you need Him to keep being your Provider? Do you need Him to keep being your Comforter? How can you bring your earnest and humble requests to Him today, readily submitting to His unchanging, never-ending character?
Pray & Reflect:
Supplication: Bring your requests to God. Like David, beg Him to keep being who He is.
Submission: Repeat back to God who He is – His character and nature. Ask God to embed in your heart a confidence in His character and in His unchanging ways. Submit to God’s leading using David’s words in Psalm 25:4-5.