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Psalm 25:5 & meaning...


me in your truth, and teach me, For you are the God of my salvation, I wait for you all day long.

Psalm 25:5


Psalm 25 [1.] To you, Yahweh, do I lift up my soul.

My God, I have trusted in you.

    Don’t let me be shamed.

    Don’t let my enemies triumph over me.

Yes, no one who waits for you shall be shamed.

    They shall be shamed who deal treacherously without cause.

Show me your ways, Yahweh.

    Teach me your paths.

Guide me in your truth, and teach me,

    For you are the God of my salvation,

    I wait for you all day long.

Yahweh, remember your tender mercies and your loving kindness,

    for they are from old times.

Don’t remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions.

    Remember me according to your loving kindness,

    for your goodness’ sake, Yahweh.

Good and upright is Yahweh,

    therefore he will instruct sinners in the way.

He will guide the humble in justice.

    He will teach the humble his way.


In this verse, the psalmist David pours out his heart to God, seeking divine guidance and instruction. The psalmist acknowledges God's role as the source of truth and wisdom, and he humbly requests God's guidance in navigating life's challenges and uncertainties.

The phrase "Guide me in your truth" reflects the psalmist's desire to align his life with God's will and purposes. It speaks to the psalmist's recognition of the importance of living according to God's truth, rather than relying on human wisdom or understanding (Psalm 119:105). The psalmist understands that God's truth provides the sure foundation for a life of meaning, purpose, and fulfillment.

Additionally, the psalmist asks God to "teach me," indicating a willingness to learn and grow in understanding. This posture of humility and teachability is essential for spiritual growth and maturity (Proverbs 9:9; James 1:5). The psalmist acknowledges God as the ultimate source of knowledge and wisdom, and he seeks to be instructed by Him in the ways of righteousness and obedience.

The psalmist's plea for guidance is grounded in his profound trust in God's character and His saving work. He declares, "for you are the God of my salvation," recognizing God as the one who delivers and rescues His people from trouble and distress (Psalm 27:1). This confession of faith underscores the psalmist's confidence in God's faithfulness and steadfast love, even in the midst of adversity and uncertainty.

Finally, the psalmist expresses his patient waiting upon the Lord: "For you, I wait all day long." This waiting is not passive but active, characterized by trust, hope, and expectancy (Psalm 27:14; Isaiah 40:31). It reflects the psalmist's commitment to seek God's guidance and direction continually, knowing that God is faithful to lead and provide in His perfect timing.

In the broader context of Psalm 25, this verse is part of a prayer for deliverance and guidance in the face of enemies and adversaries (Psalm 25:1-22). The psalmist wrestles with feelings of distress and loneliness but finds solace and strength in God's presence and promises. Throughout the psalm, the psalmist expresses confidence in God's character and commits his way to Him in faith and trust.

As we reflect on Psalm 25:5, we are invited to echo the psalmist's prayer for guidance and instruction in our own lives. Like the psalmist, we acknowledge God as the source of truth and wisdom, and we seek His guidance in navigating life's challenges and decisions. We trust in God's faithfulness and steadfast love, knowing that He is always with us, leading and directing us according to His perfect will.

In conclusion, Psalm 25:5 serves as a heartfelt plea for God's guidance and instruction, grounded in trust and reliance on His character and saving work. It inspires us to approach God with humility and expectancy, seeking His truth and wisdom to guide us on the path of righteousness and obedience. May we, like the psalmist, wait patiently upon the Lord, trusting in His faithfulness to lead us in His truth all the days of our lives.

PIB Scriptures are derived from the World English Bible


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