Psalms 25:17-18, The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses. Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins. Life has troubles, sorrows and disappointments. Because of sin, there is suffering, disease, sadness, and death. Sometimes our sufferings are because of our own bad choices and sometimes they are because the spiritual forces of evil assail us. Of one thing you can be certain, you can always turn to Jesus Christ to find forgiveness of sins, mercy, and goodness. The best way to handle life when your sorrows increase is to make sure that you trust in Christ and His promises. God always keeps his promises.
The phrase bring out can also be translated went forth. Genesis 8:18, And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons wives with him. Just as God delivered Noah and his family from the flood, God can deliver you from your distresses. He can bring you out of your distresses. The last part of verse 18 says, forgive all my sins. What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Many times we have suffering because of sin. The solution is simply to repent of your sins to Christ. First John 1:9, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Psalms 25:19-20, Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred. O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee. Those who trust in Jesus will have enemies. Those who are against the Bible and who are against the one true living God will hate you just as much as they hate Jesus Christ. The reason that people will hate the truth is because they do not want to repent of the things they do wrong. They hate the testimony of Jesus and they hate the words of God. One of the ways that those who hate you will attempt to destroy you is by getting you to sin. Through faith in Gods word and through the power of Christ, He will keep you from being ashamed because ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.
Even though you will have enemies if you trust in Jesus Christ, because Christ is all powerful, He can both keep and deliver your soul. That is why Jesus is called, (I Peter 2:24), The Bishop and Shepherd of your souls. If Christ can keep and deliver, then He can both redeem you from the sin that so easily enslaves you and keep you walking by faith in His promises. The word keep means to take care of. The idea is that of a watchman or a shepherd. Jesus is the good shepherd and He will guide you through this life. John 10:14 says, I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
Psalms 25:21 says, Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee. A way of saying integrity is to say as in Romans 16:19, For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. To be wise unto the good and simple unto the evil is to have integrity because what you think about will affect the motivation and the desire of your heart. If something is good, then it is true. All truth and good things come from God. Jesus is the way the truth and the life. Therefore, a person who walks in integrity is a person who will confess their sins to Jesus.
The word uprightness means straightness. To be upright means to walk the straight and narrow path. Matthew 7:13-14, Enter ye in at the straight gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
The word preserve is a very important word. Here it is used in reference to the believer in Jesus Christ. Once a person is saved, they are preserved. They have eternal life. They have an inheritance awaiting them in heaven. Of course, the word preserve is also used in reference to Gods Word. Psalms 12:6-7, The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. To be pure is to be without error. Jesus has preserved his Word. There are no errors in it. There is nothing missing from His Word. One way of knowing that the promises of God are true and everlasting is because God has preserved His Word. The preservation of the Word of God and the preservation of the believer in Christ go hand in hand. You cannot lose your salvation and The Word of God cannot be lost either.
Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee. Part of life is waiting on God. Even though we are saved from our sins, even though we are preserved, and even though we are redeemed from the slave market of sin, those who have been saved by the blood of the Lamb are still waiting on the complete redemption which will only come when Christ returns. While the Christian waits on redemption, through the integrity and uprightness of Gods Word his faith can be preserved. (I John 5:4) ..This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Preserve me. For I wait on thee.
Psalms 25:22, Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles. Speaking of redemption, the day is coming when the nation of Israel will also be redeemed from all of its troubles, both physically and spiritually. What sets the nation of Israel apart from other nations is that as a nation God gave them specific promises. And Christ always fulfills His promises. The greatest promise given to the nation of Israel is that Jesus the Messiah would come of the lineage of king David. Jesus is the king of kings and the LORD of lords. He is the prince of peace and the wonderful counselor. He is going to be the one who redeems both Israel and the world out of all its troubles. Until that time happens the best thing to do is to wait on God for the fulfillment of His promises.
Psalms 26:1 says, Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide. To judge can mean to punish for sin. But it can also mean to divide the light from the dark. We need Jesus to show us the truth. Of ourselves we are all spiritually blind. But Christ has the power to give light unto the souls of men through the Spirit of His Word. Christs judgment is that we should repent of our sins and turn to him for forgiveness. This is what it means to walk in integrity: to keep your sins confessed to Jesus. You only need ask Christ once to come into your heart to save you from your sins because salvation is by grace through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God and not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8) However, to trust in the LORD consistently you need to keep your sins confessed. First John 1:6-7 says, If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. To slide means to be shaken or troubled. 2nd Thessalonians 2:1-2 says, Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
Psalms 26:2, Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart. In this verse there are 3 words of importance: examine, prove, and try. The word examine means to test; it can also mean to try. Job 23:10, But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. The purpose of man is to be conformed into the image of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. God tries his children by using both the good and the bad to purify their faith. Faith in the word of God is more precious than gold which perisheth.
The word prove means to tempt. It is another way of saying Philippians 1:6, Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. God does not tempt men to sin. By saying that the word prove means to tempt, the Bible is saying God uses His grace through Jesus Christ, His word, and the circumstances of life to help the believers grow in their faith. The word try is another word used in reference to the purifying of gold. It can be translated goldsmith. These three words together; examine, prove, and try emphasis both the process and importance of the trial of your faith. Malachi 3:3, And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. There is nothing more precious in this world than faith in Jesus Christ. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. By grace through faith in Jesus Christ we are saved from our sins. And by our faith we overcome the wicked one. Greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world because Jesus is the King of Kings and because Christ paid the debt for the sins of the world by suffering and dying on the cross of Calvary.
Psalms 26:2, Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart. In this verse the word reins can also be translated kidneys. Just as the kidneys filter out the waste in the body, the Spirit of God through the Word of God will filter out the filth of the world that can so easily beset the mind and heart of a believer. How powerful is the word of God. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Through Gods Word your reins can be tried and your faith can be purified.
Psalms 26:3 For thy loving kindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth. The word loving kindness means a mercy with zeal. God is love. And therefore He has a great passionate mercy that he wants to give towards all men. This is the reason Jesus Christ of Nazareth died on the cross for the sins of the world. John 3:16 says, For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
If you keep yourself in the word of God, you will never forget how great is the grace, the love, and the mercy of Christ towards you. These things are best learned through Gods Word because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Some men turn away from Jesus of Nazareth because they do not understand that Christ died for their sins and rose again. There is love to be found in Christ. Sometimes mans own failures keep him from believing the promises of God and trusting in His love.
Psalms 98:3, He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. The loving kindness of God is more than we do ever imagine. We live in a time when all the world is hearing of the love of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. All the earth has seen the salvation of our God. If you want to see the salvation of Christ, then turn from your sins and turn to Jesus Christ today. John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.
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