this week to glean in the garden of Psalm 25. We told you last week
this Psalm is made up of three prayers. There are two breaks
between the prayers. One in verses 8-10 I entitled PONDERINGS FOR
RENEWAL, the other is in verses 12-14 we called PRINCIPLES
Let us draw our
attention to verses 8-10, PONDERINGS FOR RENEWAL, which says,
and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.
The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his
way. All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep
his covenant and his testimonies.”
It is here in the
midst of David’s prayer that he takes a moment to meditate or ponder
the character of God. I feel meditation, musing, thinking upon the
things of God is a lost art among His people. The word, ‘meditate’,
means to muse. The word ‘muse’ is a part of a word most of us like
to do today and that is ‘amusement’. The word ‘amusement’
means no thinking. The word, ‘meditate,’ also means to chew
the cud. The cow chews, swallows, and brings it back up until it
becomes a total part of her being.
In verse 8 we find
ourselves in a school situation. It is a sinner school. It must be
a deplorable school but oh what a teacher. The text tells us our
LORD is ‘good’ and ‘upright’. The LORD’S goodness and
uprightness are best seen at the foot of Calvary. Jesus said there
was none good but the Father. Paul said the goodness of God leadeth
to repentance. In the beginning work of the conversion of sinners
we are met with God’s goodness and justice that awakens us to who He
He does not
teach sinners about the way but gets in the way with them. It is
there that the sinner sees a pattern to follow. We hear that still
small voice from Him saying, ‘this is the way, walk ye in it.”
In verse 9 we are
confronted with advanced education for the redeemed. We notice that
the instructor is the same but the material is much more advanced.
There needs to be much pondering in this school, but oh what hopes
of a working of renewal in the heart. The word, ‘renew’,
means to exchange. When we ponder upon our LORD we exchange who we
are for who He is.
In verse 9 the word,
‘meek’, means lowly in spirit and decreasing of the
self-life. It is humility at its highest. It is there our LORD
will guide. The word, ‘guide’, is a word for a well-worn
road. Our LORD has led the meek into the well-worn ruts of
judgment. (Judicial righteousness) We cannot go wrong when we
follow the path He has laid out. He will teach the meek because
they are so teachable. O, let us be meek and lowly before our LORD,
clay in the potter’s hand, and students with a teachable spirit.
In verse 10 we find
David pondering a great promise. We are told there is a great
treasure to those who keep His covenant and testimonies. The
keeping of the covenant would involve holding precious to our heart
our work of conversion. The testimonies would be the Word of God.
To those who keep these close to their heart will find mercy and
truth following behind and going before them. Let us give much time
to chewing the cud each day. Thanks to you who faithfully come to
the web site for part of your time of study and meditation.