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Psalm 25

Racheal Arteaga

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!

Friend. Coach. Father. On this Christmas Day, when many people spend time with family, maybe we need to hear that God goes above and beyond what we’re used to in relationships. He doesn’t hold our rebellious years against us. He loves teaching us new ways of living. He confides His love and plans in our ear. 

In this chapter, we see David willingly stretching out his hands before God, asking Him to be involved in the messy situations he found himself in. He admits that he’s been unfaithful, that he’s trying to adhere to God’s laws, but that he’s caught in the traps that are all around his life. This is a powerful prayer (and the theme of my life lately, but that’s beside the point)—admitting our inability to save ourselves, reminding God and ourselves of His promises and character, then receiving the love He so freely pours out on us. 

I pray that our response this Christmas would be the same as David’s prayer. We freely admit we need You, Lord. We needed a Savior and You answered so perfectly. Thank You for being our Savior not just during the Christmas story, but daily being our confidant, our direction, and our comfort. 

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