Psalm 25 – Of Mercy and Humility

Since I’ve been thinking a lot about mercy and humility lately, I decided to do a Biblegateway search for a Psalm about this topic to post today. Not surprisingly, my search for “humble” in the Psalms returned a number of verses. I settled on Psalm 25 because it also talks about God’s great mercy, praises God for His faithfulness and trustworthiness, and calls on God for wisdom to follow His direction. This Psalm serves as a wonderful prayer any time, but particularly when the believer is struggling and needs God to help them stay on the right path.

Psalm 25

A psalm of David.

 1 O Lord, I give my life to you.
    2 I trust in you, my God!
   Do not let me be disgraced,
      or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat.
 3 No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced,
      but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others.

 4 Show me the right path, O Lord;
      point out the road for me to follow.
 5 Lead me by your truth and teach me,
      for you are the God who saves me.
      All day long I put my hope in you.
 6 Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love,
      which you have shown from long ages past.
 7 Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth.
      Remember me in the light of your unfailing love,
      for you are merciful, O Lord.

 8 The Lord is good and does what is right;
      he shows the proper path to those who go astray.
 9 He leads the humble in doing right,
      teaching them his way.
 10 The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness
      all who keep his covenant and obey his demands.

 11 For the honor of your name, O Lord,
      forgive my many, many sins.
 12 Who are those who fear the Lord?
      He will show them the path they should choose.
 13 They will live in prosperity,
      and their children will inherit the land.
 14 The Lord is a friend to those who fear him.
      He teaches them his covenant.
 15 My eyes are always on the Lord,
      for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies.

 16 Turn to me and have mercy,
      for I am alone and in deep distress.
 17 My problems go from bad to worse.
      Oh, save me from them all!
 18 Feel my pain and see my trouble.
      Forgive all my sins.
 19 See how many enemies I have
      and how viciously they hate me!
 20 Protect me! Rescue my life from them!
      Do not let me be disgraced, for in you I take refuge.
 21 May integrity and honesty protect me,
      for I put my hope in you.

 22 O God, ransom Israel
      from all its troubles.

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8 Responses

  1. Thank you, Linda 🙂

    “Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth.
    Remember me in the light of your unfailing love,
    for you are merciful, O Lord.”
    I hear David’s heart in this one. I am thankful that He forgives fully and that He does not hold my sins against me anymore…

    Thanks again, Linda. I echo Deb.


    • Ann, This is definitely one of David’s better, more heartfelt prayers / psalms. I am thankful that the Lord does forgive the rebellious sins of my youth, as well as those I have yet to commit. Peace, Linda

  2. one of my recent twitter tweets was a thought that I had – something like, “if love of money is the root of all evil, then humility may just be the root of good.” I heart this psalm – I heart that you found it. My favorite line in it is this, ” 9 He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them his way.” — maybe if we want to be led a little more – we need to humble ourselves a little more. Thank you for this Linda – and God bless and keep you.

    • Craig, I think you are right that humility is the root of all good. It is only in being humble that we learn to truly love and know what Divine love is. I like your favorite line, too. 🙂 Peace, Linda

  3. Thank you so much, Linda, for Psalm Sunday . . .for looking to find a psalm on mercy and humility. Those are two things that I always need and this psalm served as a prayer for me today too. 🙂
    God bless you and your family today!

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