Psalm 25 is etched in my heart because
of singing it with our daughter Annie
when we had just adopted her. She
didn’t know a word of English, but
Psalm 25 can be sung in a round,
where the child repeats the phrase
sung by a parent. I can still hear
Steve’s deep voice singing it and
Annie’s soft voice echoing him. Her
English was distorted, but she was in
earnest to repeat what her “opa”
Unto Thee O Lord
(Echo) Unto Thee O Lord
Do I lift up my soul
(Echo) Do I lift up my soul
O my God
(Echo) O my God
I trust in Thee
(Echo) I trust in Thee
(Together) Let me not be ashamed, Let not my enemies triumph over me.
I don’t know that she understood at all what she was singing, but the words were etched in her memory, and His Spirit wooed her, won her, and today she is a a young woman who loves the Lord deeply. I see her continually lifting up her soul to the Lord — as a wife, mother, nurse, and friend to many international students. God has used the pain she felt as a very little girl and the pain of losing Steve to make her one of the most compassionate people I know.
This is the song we sang, and which is so easy to learn. As you listen to it, see how the psalmist prays about enemies, guidance, and guilt.
Psalms 25 is a response to the Lord of Glory we saw in Psalms 14-24. It also contains one of my favorite verses. Many believe — but how many are truly friends? I think of Mary of Bethany, and how she was one of the first to experience intimacy and how she alone among the disciples knew He was going to die.
1. What stood out to you from the above, and why?
2. What spiritual song did you learn as a child or which you teach to children that you think has lasting value and why? (Feel free to give a link if there is a great one!)
Monday-Wednesday Bible Study
PSALM 25: Unto Thee, O Lord, Do I Lift Up My Soul
3. As we turn to the theme of lifting up our needs to the Lord, how did the the theme you saw in Psalms 14-24 prepare us for this? Take something from that theme that impacted you and explain why you can trust your soul to the Lord when you are facing problems in your life.
ENEMIES, GUIDANCE, GUILT
4. What need does the psalmist bring to the Lord in Psalm 25:1-3? Make six observations on this passage.
5. When you consider opposition you are facing from without, do you think it is possible that the opposition is actually from spiritual forces of darkness? If so, how does that impact your perspective of this battle?
6. What promise is given in verse 3?
7. Pray Psalm 25:1-3 in regard to a situation in your life.
9. I know I tend to approach challenges in my life with anxiety or control. Waiting on the Lord for wisdom is one of the hardest things for me to do. Yet it is the secret.
A. Share a time when you did wait on the Lord for wisdom and He gave it.
B. Now — write down a challenge or an obstacle and ask the Lord to give you wisdom. Be still. What does He impress upon your heart?
One of the most profound evidences to me of the reality of God was the way He relieved me of a burden of guilt I didn’t realize I’d been carrying when I first came to Him. But oh, I knew it when it was gone. In the same way, when I begin to beat myself up for my daily failures, He is there again. Christ is the only effective way to remove guilt. The world gives you technique, or tries to tell you that you did the best you could so forget it — but deep in our heart, that isn’t enough. Christ paid the price and took it — and we don’t have to beat ourselves up any longer.
10. Read Psalm 25:6-18
A. What does David ask in verses 6-7? Do this sins of your youth ever come back to haunt you? How should you talk, rather than listen to your soul?
B. In verses 8-10, what part does recognizing our sinfulness, and responding humbly to correction play in being led? If you keep hitting a brick wall or repeating the same sin — could this be helpful to you?
C. In verses 11-15 there are some important promises that come with conditions, including one of my favorites. What do you think verse 14 means?
D. What repeated plea does David make in verses 16-18?
This reminds me of one of my favorite psalms, which we have often studied on this blog: Psalm 42. The psalmist is downcast and has to keep talking to his soul. He tells his soul to hope in God, and “she” does, but then anxiety returns, and he speaks again, over and over, and into Psalm 43. So it is with us.
11. The three themes of Psalm 25 are repeated in the closing verses of 19-22. Find them.
12. Share how the Lord is helping you presently in each area of enemies, guidance, and guilt.
Thursday-Friday: Teaching from Mike Reeves
13. After listening, share:
A. How does Reeves view Psalm 25?
B. What did you learn about the name of the Lord?
C. When Reeves looked back at Psalm 19, he said it revealed creation was more about the kindness of the Lord than the power of the Lord. Why?
D. What other notes and comments do you have?
14. What is your take-a-way and why?