We turn our
attention again this week to Psalm 25. We have learned that this
Psalm is as much a prayer book as a hymnbook. Many of the Christian
songs of today would be hard pressed to be made into a prayer. I
don’t think we could pray ‘Momma’s In Heaven Teaching Angels How
In verses 1-7
there was a ‘Prayer For Remembrance’. In verse 11 we find a
‘Prayer For Remission’, and in between these prayers, a ‘Pondering
For Renewal’. David took some time and meditated upon the
Lord. Now in verses 12-14 David meditates again on a section I call
a ‘Principle Of Reminder’. The text says,
is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he
shall choose. His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall
inherit the earth. The secret of the LORD is with them that fear
him’ and he will shew them his covenant.”
ponders the ‘Principles of Reminding’ we see there is first
of all ‘The Principle of a Practice’. This section begins
with a question. I feel the question is one of self-examination
about fearing God. Solomon said that the fear of the LORD was the
beginning of wisdom. Education without God at its center is the
wisdom of fools. Does this fear mean we are afraid of God? When we
think of the LORD do we tremble and our knees knock? Oh no! The
word ‘fear’ in our text means a reverential awe and to hold
in the place of highest regard. To fear the LORD means we have
placed Him at the center of our lives and all revolves around Him.
We can truly say, ‘Christ is in the Midst’. The one who
fears God need never fear man.
We now see
David pondering ‘The Principle of Providence’. The one who
fears God, will be taught by the LORD in the way that he should go.
The word ‘teach’ has the idea of to place into the mind. The
LORD sanctifies and enlightens the mind of those who fear Him. “If
we make our will, God’s will, God will let us have our way.”
(Spurgeon) Our Lord providentially arranges the steps and stops of
a righteous man. (A man who fears God)
David, in verse
13, ponders ‘The Principle of Peace’. The one who fears the
LORD will dwell at ease. The word ‘dwell’ has the idea of a
permanent habitation. The word ‘ease’ means to tarry in the
midst of good things. In light of this promise let us not do less
than fear the LORD.
In verse 13
David ponders ‘The Principle of Parenting’. The seed of
those who fear the LORD will inherit the earth. The LORD often
blesses the children because of the godly parents. Isaac was
blessed because of Abraham’s walk of righteousness. Jacob was
blessed because of Isaac’s righteousness. Let our children be
assured of the hopes of the LORD’S blessing because we have walked
with the Lord. Let us not sow the seeds of unrighteousness to be
later reaped by those we have parented.
David in verse
14 says God reveals His secret to those that fear Him. When God
shows us His secrets we find there His heart and Himself. The one
who knows His secret is the one who knows the Spirit of God. Paul
said the Spirit searches the deep secret things of God.
The Lord will
reveal His covenant to those who fear Him. His covenant is the
unchanging promises of God. When we walk with God in reverential
fear we can be assured of knowing the mind of God.
Oh, how prayer
turns our hearts to ponder the God of the Bible. Let us pray and
then stand in awe of ‘Him Who Is the King of All Kings’,
The LORD of All Lord’s, and The God of All God’s.