Psalm 25: Prayer for Guidance

What do we gain by surrendering our lives to God?

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Psalm 25:1 A song of David.
Lord, I surrender my life to you.
King James
Psalm 25:1 <A Psalm of David.> Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

How would you define “complete” trust in God? What could make that an embarrassment?

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Psalm 25:2–3 Don’t let my complete trust in you become an embarrassment by allowing my enemies to triumph over me.
Let all who commit their lives to you never be ashamed. Let those who oppose your will be the ones who are ashamed.
King James
Psalm 25:2–3 O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause.

What assurance do we have that we are going the right direction, following God’s will?

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Psalm 25:4–5 Show me the right direction, Lord. Direct me according to your will. Reveal the truth and instruct me, for I am safe with you. For every hour of the day, my hope is in you.
John 14:6 I am the way, the truth, and the life,” Jesus said. “Everyone who reaches the Father goes through me.
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is inspired by God, important for teaching, correction, and discipline—for showing people how to live in righteousness.
King James
Psalm 25:4–5 Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Of what value is reminding the Lord of his goodness?

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Psalm 25:6 Remember, Lord, you have always been merciful and kind.
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Psalm 25:6 Remember, O Lord, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.

What is worse than being “young and foolish”? Why?

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Psalm 25:7 Forgive my wrongdoings when I was young and foolish. See me through your eyes of love and grace.
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Psalm 25:7 Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O Lord.

Why might Christians doubt that God’s intentions are always good?

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Psalm 25:8 Your intentions are good, and you always want the best for people. Lord, you show the sinful how to live without sin.
King James
Psalm 25:8 Good and upright is the Lord: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.

Compared to who we would be on our own, how significant is God’s voice and his ways? Why don’t people always recognize that difference?

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Psalm 25:9–10 Those who recognize their insignificance and how great you are will be taught your ways, which are sure to benefit those who hear your voice and do your will.
Isaiah 55:9–10 As the stars are so distant from Earth, so are my thoughts and methods far above yours. The rain and snow fall from above and don’t return until the earth has been watered so life springs up and bears fruit, giving seed to the farmer and bread to hungry.
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Psalm 25:9–10 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.
Isaiah 55:9–10 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

What differences typically exist about God’s reputation among agnostics, new believers, and strong Christians?

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Psalm 25:11 To uphold your reputation, Lord, pardon my wrongdoings, which are numerous.
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Psalm 25:11 For thy name’s sake, O Lord, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great.

What can prevent our receiving God’s guidance?

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Psalm 25:12 People who respect the Lord will receive his guidance and make the right choices.
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Psalm 25:12 What man is he that feareth the Lord? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.

How can we be sure we’ve made the right choice? What benefits should we expect as a result?

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Psalm 25:12–13 People who respect the Lord will receive his guidance and make the right choices. They will be blessed and will pass their heritage on to their children.
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Psalm 25:12–13 hat man 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.

Why is it necessary to know and respect the Lord before we treasure the relationship?

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Psalm 25:14 Those who know and respect the Lord will treasure their relationship with him, a mystery that others cannot figure out.
King James
Psalm 25:14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.

Why is sin an entrapment for so many people?

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Psalm 25:15 I will keep my focus upon the Lord, because he alone can keep me from entrapment.
James 1:14 People are tempted when their desires take them in a direction different from where God would have them go.
King James
Psalm 25:15 Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.
James 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

Why do some people turn to the Lord as a last resort?

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Psalm 25:16 Turn toward me and be gracious, Lord, for I am needy and alone, without anyone to help me—except for you.
King James
Psalm 25:16 Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.

What is most troubling? How can we be comforted in the midst of our troubles?

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Psalm 25:17 My heart is greatly troubled. Would you save me from my distresses?
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Psalm 25:17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.

What should we do if God’s attention to our suffering isn’t immediate?

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Psalm 25:18 Give attention to my affliction and suffering, and forgive all my wrongdoing.
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Psalm 25:18 Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.

If God is for us, why should we fear those who are against us? Why should we not fear??

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Psalm 25:19–20 Look at how many enemies I have and how viciously they hate me. I have trusted you for my safety, so don’t let me be disappointed. Guard my life, and save me from my enemies.
Romans 8:31 What does all this mean to us? With God fighting for us, we cannot lose as long as we maintain our desire to please him.
King James
Psalm 25:19–20 sider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred. O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.
Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

How important are pure motives and righteous deeds? How will our attitudes and behavior affect our pain and suffering?

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Psalm 25:21–22 Let my pure motives and righteous deeds protect me, for all my hope is in you.
Deliver your people, God, from all their troubles.
John 15:20 Remember what I said before. The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will persecute you. If they had listened to me, they would listen to you.
1 Peter 3:17 Suffering for doing good, if God allows it, is much better than suffering for doing evil.
King James
Psalm 25:21–22 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee. Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.
John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
1 Peter 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.