The Psalm is in 3 parts, with an extra verse at the end.
Part 1 – Psalm 25:1-7 David prays that God will not remember his sins and that God will be his guide. David also asks God for help against his enemies.
Part 2 – Psalm 25:8-14 David tells us about God. Because God is like this, he will answer David, and give him help.
Part 3 – Psalm 25:15-21 David tells God that his enemies have hurt him and made him unhappy. Again he asks God for help.
Somebody else probably wrote verse 22.
Psalm 25 is an alphabet psalm, like Psalms 9 and 10. So, verse 1 begins with the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Verse 2 begins with the second letter and so on. There are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet. One is missing in this psalm, the letter q. So, Psalm 25:21 begins with the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Psalm 25:22 does not begin with the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet. This is another reason why we think that David did not write it. Alphabet psalms were hard to write. They were special psalms to show people how much the writer loved God. Other alphabet psalms are 9 and 10, 34, 37, 111, 112, 119 and 145.
In Psalm 1, we learn that there are two roads, or ways. One is right and leads to God. The other is wrong and does not lead to God. Psalm 25 is about the right road. It tells us that it is not easy. The enemies of God are also the enemies of the people that believe in God. Psalm 25 teaches us not to stop believing in God just because life becomes hard. We must not do things in our own way. We must do things God's way. He will always send us help.
I did it God's Way
This is a psalm of David.
Do not let me be ashamed.
Do not let my enemies
Let the people that say false things without a reason be ashamed.
Teach me your paths.
Teach me, because you are the God that
I hope in you all the day long.
They have always been, from long ago.
or the wrong things I did when I was older.
LORD, remember your kindness to me,
because you are good.
so he will teach
he will teach the meek his way.
to the people that keep his
forgive my sin, though it is great.
The LORD will show him the way
that the LORD will choose for him.
His children will
as long as they worship him.
The LORD will show them his covenant.
so that he can bring my feet out from the net.
because I am lonely and hurt.
Oh, take away from me the things that make me unhappy.
and forgive all my sins.
– Lonely: he thinks that he is on his own. Elijah also felt like this, but God said, ‘There are lots of people like you.’ When we are lonely, we must remember the words of Jesus: ‘I am always with you.’ (Matthew 28: 20)
– Hurt: perhaps in body, perhaps in mind. Again, when we are hurt, we must remember the words of Jesus: 'God has sent me to give health to people'. (Luke 4:18)
– Unhappy: things are getting worse and worse. His enemies seem to be winning. This often happens to Christians. They think bad people are triumphing over them. (Look at Psalm 25:2). But again, we must remember the words of Jesus: ‘Be happy, I have won the fight for the world.’ (John 16:33) Then David says, ‘Forgive all my sins.’ Why? Is he lonely, hurt and unhappy because he is a sinner? He may be, but that is not the reason he says it here. He says it because God can only hear him pray after God forgives his sin. When God forgives us, the wall of sin between us and God falls down. God can hear and answer when we pray.
they keep getting more and more.
They hate me very much.
Do not let me be ashamed,
because I am hiding in you.
and I hope in you.
– David is honest and good. This means that God has forgiven David's sins. God can now hear when David prays.
– David says, ‘I am hiding in you.’ (Psalm 25:20) This means that David is trusting in God. This means that David believes that God will take care of him.