Monday, June 8 2020

Psalm 25 (II)

9 The humble He guides in justice,
And the humble He teaches His way.

12 Who is the man that fears the LORD?
Him shall He teach in the way He chooses.

If you recall, last week I mentioned one of the themes in Psalm 25 was the consequence of obedience or disobedience of the national covenant (also known as the Sinai covenant) which God made with his people Israel. In Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28, God emphasized the specific terms of that covenant: obedience will lead to blessing from God, including abundance and prosperity for His people, security, victory over their enemies and God’s own abiding Presence.

However, God warned that disobedience and violation of His covenant will lead to disease amongst the Israelites, fruitless harvests, defeat by their enemies, pestilence, sevenfold discipline by the Lord and scattering of God’s people amongst the nations.

We saw how David, recalling this covenant, recognises the need to get his spiritual life in order before the Lord, by confessing his sins. – Psalm 25 verses 7, 11 and 18.

Verses 1-7 appears to be one unit of thought in this Psalm. It begins with David affirming his trust in God and he asks that he not be put to shame before his enemies. What could be behind this request? He had probably committed a sin – a misstep with serious consequences or an impulsive act. He appeals sincerely to God to show him the way back. He waits. He cries out, he appeals, as we saw last week, that God be faithful to His covenant of old and that God not remember the sin of his youth.

He will teach the humble

David then asks the Lord to “Teach me your paths” (verses 4, 5, 9 and 12)

9 The humble He guides in justice,
And the humble He teaches His way.

David declares ”Good and upright is the Lord; . . he instructs sinners in the way” and explains how the Lord patiently deals personally with His beloved children in His way.

His children, on their part, need to humble themselves and the Lord will surely teach them His ways. The humble, the submissive, the contrite, the teachable – these God will take in hand and teach. The proud and perverse he will leave to their own devices, but the meek he will guide in the paths of righteousness, and the meek will He teach them his way.

The way of mercy and the way of truth. He will not bring out His rod of correction and punishment, for he is gentle. But He will reveal to His children the truth of their innermost beings, those areas of their lives that need to be transformed to the image and character of the Lord Jesus. Perhaps “John, you need to be more patient with your son. Don’t correct him so harshly” or “Kathy, your subordinate is a slow learner. Explain the procedure again, she will appreciate it”

10 All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth

This is the way of our God. He deals with us in this way, teaching us to imitate Him in all His ways. Many years later, the Lord Jesus echoed this same gentle spirit when He invited the unrepentant townsfolk of Chorazin and Bethsaida to come to Him.

29 “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11: 29-30

He will teach the God-fearing

In addition to the humble, verse 12 says the Lord shall teach the God-fearing man ”in the way He chooses”. The humble, reverent person can expect the gift of God’s guidance and instruction. The Lord shall shape him and mould him in such a manner that he will be an instrument fit for the Master’s use. Moreover, God will reward and bless him spiritually. Every such man shall have favour shown him by the Lord. See what else verses 13 and 14 say:

13 ”He himself shall dwell in prosperity,
And his descendants shall inherit the earth”

14 “The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him,
And He will show them His covenant.”

The phrase “dwell in prosperity” should strike a chord with what was said above in relation to blessings which accompany those who keep God’s covenant. In other words, the humble, God-fearing man is the man whom the Lord God Almighty will prosper. In addition, his descendants shall inherit the earth. The Lexham English Bible (LEB) translates verse 14a thus:

14 “Intimate fellowship with Yahweh is for those who fear him,”, which is quite amazing. For a person to know the Living God is truly a blessing, but to have intimate fellowship with Him is astounding!

May these truths stir our hearts to strive harder to glorify our Lord Jesus. Let us desire to know our God intimately!


O Lord, let our souls rise up to meet you, as the dawn emerges to meet the sun. We commit ourselves to you at the start of this week. May we experience You in very real ways daily this week.

We pray for our loved ones, for the church family, for those who have lost family, for those who have lost friends. We pray for those adversely impacted by the pandemic. Your grace and mercy be upon them.

Our Heavenly Father, thank you for the life of David. Thank you that despite the sins he committed, he repented sincerely and when he sought forgiveness from you, you granted it to him.

We are confident that if we confess our sins, you are faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Thank you that your anger is but for a moment, and your favour is for a lifetime. Help us learn true humility; help us learn what it means to be God-fearing, that we may seek to do Your will in our lives always.

In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.

Ps Cheng Cheung

诗篇 25(II)

25:9 祂必按公平引领谦卑人、将祂的道教训他们。
25:12 谁敬畏耶和华、耶和华必指示他当选择的道路。






诗篇25:9 祂必按公平引领谦卑人、将祂的道教训他们。






马太福音 11:29-30节



“安然居住”一与上述遵守上帝的约之人的祝福有关。换句话说,谦卑敬畏上帝的人就是全能的主上帝会祝福的人。此外,他的后代将继承地土。第14上节说:“耶和华与敬畏祂的人亲密” 这真是太奇妙了。一个人能认识永生的上帝确实是一个福气,但是能与能祂亲密的团契真是令人震惊! 愿这些真理激起我们内心,更加努力地荣耀我们的主耶稣。让我们渴望能够更加亲密地认识我们的上帝!