A Psalm of David.
Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift
up my soul.
Men believe that God will find pleasure in whatever
they "lift up" to God, whether good works, "churchianity," and/or
religious activity, but David knew that God would only accept the "lifting up"
of the totality of his soul ("breath of life") or inner man. God deals in the internals, not the externals. David "lifted up" the essence of his life
to the God of his life.
O my God, I trust in Thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph
David could give God all he was, because God was a
trustworthy repository. You cannot go wrong by
giving back your life to the God who gave you that life.
You can trust ("feel safe, be confident") in God. Though enemies might triumph over our flesh, our
God keeps our souls safe and secure. When the
final day dawns and we know as we are known, we will see that our trust in God was well
placed, despite present circumstances.
Yea, let none that wait on Thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress
Those that wait ("look for with eager
expectation") on the Lord, will not be ashamed ("dismayed, disgraced,
disappointed") either by trusting God or waiting upon God. In fact, the very opposite is true (Isa. 40:31).
Shew me Thy ways, O Lord; teach me Thy paths.
You cannot trust God without learning His ways
("standard of actions, behavior"), and follow His paths ("road that leads
to life"). The more we know of God, the
easier it is to obey His requirements, and to, therefore, follow His path. That path is clearly revealed in the
Lead me in Thy Truth (Christ),
and teach me: for
art the God of my salvation
do I wait all the day.
Here is David's testimony that God was the provider
of his deliverance, that David knew that there was a standard of absolute truth
(Christ/the Word) to be lead in and taught, and that a day was coming which would reveal
the fullness of what David believed.
tender mercies and
lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.
God never forgets, but man forgets that God
remembers. David sought a fresh reassurance of
God's tender mercies (acts of grace), and love worked out in acts of kindness.
not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to
Thy goodness' sake, O Lord.
David desires God to remember His mercies, but
forget the sins (missing God's standard of right) of David's youth, and the transgressions
(breaking God's law). Sadly, the sins of youth
are often transformed into the transgressions of old age.
David implores God to remember him based on God's goodness according to His
and upright is the Lord: therefore will
He teach sinners in the way.
God does not owe a sinner anything, yet because of
His goodness and uprightness (the perfect standard of "right"), God will teach
sinners how to find forgiveness in Christ ("the way").
guide in judgment: and the meek will
God guides and teaches the meek ("humbled
through affliction") of the judgment to come and the path of inner joy and peace
the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as keep
The "ways" of the Lord are based upon
mercy and truth, but these "ways" are only revealed to the obedient.
of the Godhead)
sake, O Lord, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.
When we begin to consider the holy and righteous
ways of God, we begin to see our sin in its true perspective ("great" as to
quantity). But pardon can be found in the Name
of the Lord. God's name identifies all He is, including the Trinity, and all their
attributes. Note it takes the full force of
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to forgive sins, for sin is a great and powerful force to
man is he that feareth the Lord? him shall
teach in the way that
He shall choose.
A believer should fear (reverence) the Lord for His
holiness. A lost person should fear the Lord
for His judgment on sin. Fear for God makes
men teachable by God, and God uses different "ways" for different folks.
soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.
The fear of the Lord, and the instruction of the
Lord brings peace to the soul and an earthly inheritance of spiritual blessings.
secret of the Lord is with them that fear
will shew them
The secret ("council/advice/direction") of
the Lord attends those that fear Him. From
this "council" comes the knowledge of God's plan and purpose (covenant). Note the progression: 1) Fear God. 2) Learn wisdom
(v12). 3) Get peace. 4) Be blessed (v13). 5)
Be counseled. 6) Understand God's purpose
eyes are ever toward the Lord; for
shall pluck my feet out of the net.
Therefore, our eyes should be on God and not on this
world (who lays the snare ("net")). God
promises us that if our vision is right, we will not be taken captive by this world's
system. And even if we find ourselves taken
captive, our God is faithful to restore us ("pluck out of the net").
unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.
The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O
Thou me out of my distresses.
Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.
mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.
The physical life of a believer is often
characterized by worldly loneliness, persecution, heartache, distress, pain, battles with
sin, enemies and hatred. But the spiritual
life of a believer is based on the promises of God despite the circumstances of life. God promises His individual presence and mercy,
deliverance from distress, forgiveness (cleansing) of sins, and remembrance of our
enemies, now and in the day of judgment.
keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed (see v3); for I put my trust in
The "soul" is the living part of man. It is either entrusted to God's care or forfeited
to Satan's dominion. Trusting God brings
deliverance by God, because only God is trustworthy. You
can put your trust in Him!
integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on
Integrity ("honesty, completeness,
unity"), and uprightness ("straight, lawful, just") are attributes of God. Add to these that God never changes, and we are
assured that He will preserve us despite our circumstances.
Since God does all things well, and in His own time, we are to be content to
wait on Him.
Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.
What do we wait for?
Redemption ("the transfer of ownership from one to another through the
payment of a price or an equivalent substitute").
God may "deliver" us from our present problems, as He often did
for Israel, but full redemption is dependent upon our relationship with Jesus Christ, who
redeemed us, eternally, from our sins. Sin is
our trouble, Christ is our Redeemer.