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Psalm 25

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David Looks to the Lord for his Needs

Psalm 25

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Lesson Number 18

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Committed believers look to the Lord for guidance and forgiveness.
  2. Committed believers look to the Lord for instruction and deliverance.
  3. Committed believers look to the Lord for comfort and protection.

Practical Application

  1. Praise the Lord for Psalm 25:7.

Questions

  1. What type of psalm is Psalm 25?
  2. What is the structure of Psalm 25?
  3. On what basis does David ask the Lord not to remember his former sins (vs 6-7)?
  4. Summarize verses 8-15.
  5. What does it mean to fear the Lord?
  6. What should you do when you face opposition from your enemies?

Answers

  1. Psalm 25 is an alphabetic acrostic psalm, where each verse begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
  2. The first seven verses and the last seven verses are prayers to the Lord. The verses inbetween (vs 8-15) are about the Lord and the blessings of those who trust the Lord.
  3. On the basis of God’s compassion, lovingkindness, and goodness
  4. The obedient and committed believer can depend on the Lord for instruction and deliverance.
  5. It means to honor and show reverence to God, who is all-powerful and holy.
  6. You should turn to the Lord, as David did. He did not take his own revenge, rather he trusted the Lord to vindicate him, based on His righteous character.

Discuss/Consider

  1. David beseeched the Lord not to remember his former sins. As believers, we can pray this with more assurance now that Christ has come and died for our sins. Read 1 John 1:9. Discuss how our sins affect our fellowship with the Lord.
  2. Remember a time when you felt extreme loneliness. Discuss Psalm 25:16-18 and Hebrews 13:5. When we look to the Lord and confess our sins, our fellowship is restored and our loneliness is removed, as we experience the comfort of the Lord.

Challenge

  1. Aren’t you glad that the Lord doesn’t remember the sins of your youth? Thank Him for this!

Key Verses

  • "To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me." Psalms 25:1-2
  • "The humble He guides in justice, and the humble He teaches His way." Psalms 25:9
  • "Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for You." Psalms 25:21

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