Psalm 25:4-12 – Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O LORD! Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies. For your name’s sake, O LORD, pardon my guilt, for it is great. Who is the man who fears the LORD? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
David’s words in this Psalm caught me attention this morning. First, he prays that God would “make” him to know His ways. I need to echo this prayer because either because of pride, blindness or ignorance I do not choose to know them on my own. Second, David asks God to remember His mercy, not the sins of David’s youth. Third, he asks the Lord to pardon his present guilt. We fail to understand how great our present guilt is, but thank the Lord that in Christ he will/does pardon it. Finally, David asks the Lord to instruct him in a new way – a way that shows he has been pardoned. I need this pardon and this instruction each day.