Of David. 1 In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. 2 I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. 3 No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause. 4 Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. 5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. 6 Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. 7 Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good. 8 Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. 9 He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. 10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant. 11 For the sake of your name, Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great. 12 Who, then, are those who fear the Lord? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose. 13 They will spend their days in prosperity, and their descendants will inherit the land. 14 The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. 15 My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare. 16 Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. 17 Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish. 18 Look on my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins. 19 See how numerous are my enemies and how fiercely they hate me! 20 Guard my life and rescue me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. 21 May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you. 22 Deliver Israel, O God, from all their troubles!
David begins this Psalm with declaring his commitment to God, giving his life to God and trusting him. He asks God to show him the way, to teach him, because no one who trusts in God will be disgraced.
But there is a change beginning in v16 when he says that he is alone and in deep distress. His problems go from bad to worse.
And this change is a reminder that even when we trust in God, when we humble ourselves and submit to God’s ways and teachings, that things don’t always go the way that we would like. Sometimes we will still have enemies, sometimes people will hate us, we still need protection and rescuing, but it doesn’t change the fact that it is God who protects us, it is God who rescues us. Our hope is always in God, no matter what troubles we go through.
Only God is our hope.
Father I thank you for the reminder that you alone are my protection and you do rescue us. Instead of focusing on my troubles, I choose to follow you and ask like David, that you lead me and guide me in your ways.
Written by Andrew Martin