READ PSALM TWENTY-FIVE
Today, as we study Psalm 25:11-15, we are going to see David repeat his request from the previous passage (the passage we looked at yesterday).
Briefly look back at the previous verses. Remind yourself what the word חָ֫סֶד means, and why David used it in verses 6, 7, and 10.
Read Psalm 25:11. What request is David bringing before God here?
How is David’s request different from the request we looked at yesterday?
In the previous verses, David reflects upon the sin of his youth – the ways in which he went against God’s Law in the past. These are sins he cannot change. David cannot reverse the clock and undo his sin, choosing differently for himself. Previously, David was asking for forgiveness for past sin.
But in these verses today, David is shifting to the present tense. In verse nine, David uses the Hebrew present tense – “Pardon my guilt for it IS great.” After asking forgiveness for the sin of his past, David prayerfully recognizes that the life he is currently living is also riddled with sin. Considering his present-day life, David knows that before a holy and just God, he IS guilty.
How does David qualify his request for pardon in verse 11? Why does He ask God to pardon his guilt?
David is calling upon the name of God for his sins’ pardon. In Old Testament culture, a person’s name was not just a social designation for them, but it embodied the whole of who they were. And God’s name was no exception. By appealing to God’s name, David is calling to God’s mind the whole of who God is – His character, His power, and His relationship with His people.
How is this in line with how David approached God about his sin in the previous verses?
David knows that embedded within God’s character is His faithfulness to forgive according to His covenantal loyalty. God cannot cease to be who He has promised to be. God cannot cease to be faithful to keep His promises. And, in God’s covenant love, He has promised to forgive the sins of those who look to Him in faith. David earnestly brings this request before God in supplication: for the sake of who you are, for the sake of your name, pardon my ongoing guilt.
How does David follow this supplication? Read verses 12-15.
David’s single line of supplication is followed by four lines of submission to who God is. David recognizes who God is in His character, and he reminds himself that those who are in covenantal relationship with the Lord will be led by Him, instructed by Him, in friendship with Him, and set free by Him. Everything that David asks – for forgiveness and freedom from guilt – is hidden within the character and covenantal relationship with God.
How does submission to this kind of God – to His character and covenant – reframe your idea of submission?
What guilt do you carry today? How can you, if you are in Christ, lean into the forgiveness of God, reminding yourself of His faithful character?
Pray & Reflect:
Supplication: Confess your sin to God. Admit to Him that you are guilty – right now, today, in this very moment. Confess to Him that you cannot save yourself and that you need Him to “pluck [your] feet from the net.”
Submission: Praise God for who He is! Thank Him for being unchanging in His character and faithful to keep His promises. Thank Him for His promise to forgive all who look to Him in faith through Christ. Tell Him that you submit yourself to Christ – to His forgiveness, leading, instruction, friendship, and freedom.