Chapter 25: Truth for the Righteousness
A Psalm of David.
Like several other Psalms, Psalm 25 is acrostic, Psalms (9-10, 25, 34, 37, 11, 112, 119, and 145). Acrostic is a literary device used to add beauty and form to the Psalm and is used to hide messages in the words where certain letters in each verse add to the next verse to make complete sentences.
Unfortunately this only works in the Hebrew, since being translated into English this cannot be done.
We do not know the precise time period it came from; David was often in trouble making it hard to distinguish between time periods.
David starts the Psalm off by offering his soul to the Lord, as an offering of trust. David offers to wait on the Lord in the sense that he will attend to every desire of the one being served, God.
“Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake…” (Psalms 25:7)
Immediately after asking God to remember His tender mercies (Psalm 25:6), David asked God to forget. He wanted God to forget his own youthful sins (in the sense of forgiving them), and he wanted God to remember God’s own faithfulness in prior times. David wanted to be remembered based on God’s mercy and not by the merit of David himself.
David asks who would fear the Lord. Then goes on to say that; “The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.” (Psalms 25:14)
This helps us to understand that the things of God may seem “foolish” to the natural man, but those who have faith can have a new life and knowledge in the things of the Lord. In a letter from Paul to the Corinthians he writes; “…my speech and my preaching was not in enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (1 Corinthian 2:4)
Essentially we can learn that one can speak, but without the “power” or “authority” of God through His Holy Spirit, one cannot speak the things of the Lord, or understand when someone is speaking the truth.
Simply put… To explain such secrets to those who do not have the Spirit of God is like explaining colors to a blind man or musical harmonies to a deaf man. It just can’t be done.
David closes by asking God to remember and consider his enemies and to deliver Israel.
Chapter 26: Love the Lord’s work
A Psalm of David.
David prays to the Lord and tells Him that he is full of integrity and obedience. David even asks the Lord to “…prove…” (Psalms 26:2) him.
This is a pretty straightforward Psalm, David is telling the Lord that he is good and will not dwell amongst wicked.