February 15th: Psalm 25 & Praying for the distraught

Psalm 25

In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.

I trust in you;

    do not let me be put to shame,

    nor let my enemies triumph over me.

No one who hopes in you

    will ever be put to shame,

but shame will come on those

    who are treacherous without cause.

Show me your ways, Lord,

    teach me your paths.

Guide me in your truth and teach me,

    for you are God my Savior,

    and my hope is in you all day long.

Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,

    for they are from of old.

Do not remember the sins of my youth

    and my rebellious ways;

according to your love remember me,

    for you, Lord, are good.

Good and upright is the Lord;

    therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.

He guides the humble in what is right

    and teaches them his way.

All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful

    toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.

For the sake of your name, Lord,

    forgive my iniquity, though it is great.

Who, then, are those who fear the Lord?

    He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.

They will spend their days in prosperity,

    and their descendants will inherit the land.

The Lord confides in those who fear him;

    he makes his covenant known to them.

My eyes are ever on the Lord,

    for only he will release my feet from the snare.

Turn to me and be gracious to me,

    for I am lonely and afflicted.

Relieve the troubles of my heart

    and free me from my anguish.

Look on my affliction and my distress

    and take away all my sins.

See how numerous are my enemies

    and how fiercely they hate me!

Guard my life and rescue me;

    do not let me be put to shame,

    for I take refuge in you.

May integrity and uprightness protect me,

    because my hope, Lord, is in you.

Deliver Israel, O God,

    from all their troubles!
I love this Psalm. Just the pure genuine heart to God that is in the Psalm. The pleads to forgive his iniquities shows he has true repentance. Meditating on the grace, love and forgiveness of a just God makes me thankful. As we finish the day today, there are so many things to reflect on for me. I choose to reflect on God’s grace. Tonight, I have an prayer request. I wouldn’t normally put this out there but it’s so heavy on my heart. There are so many lonely, grieving, and hurt people in this world. Let’s pray together and lift them up. For the Lord to be near to the broken-hearted (as he promises), and to remind those who have sinned (all have), and have repented, to know they are forgiven. I imagine the grieving families and I also imagine the prisoners. My heart goes out to all of them. The Lord tells us to pray in His will. We know His will is for ALL to be saved. So will you pray with me tonight? 

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