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Psalm 25 (NIV)
1 In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. 2 I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me. 3 No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause. 4 Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. 5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. 6 Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. 7 Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good. 8 Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. 9 He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. 10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant. 11 For the sake of your name, Lord, forgive my iniquity, though it is great. 12 Who, then, are those who fear the Lord? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose. 13 They will spend their days in prosperity, and their descendants will inherit the land. 14 The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. 15 My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare. 16 Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. 17 Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish. 18 Look on my affliction and my distress and take away all my sins. 19 See how numerous are my enemies and how fiercely they hate me! 20 Guard my life and rescue me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. 21 May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you. 22 Deliver Israel, O God, from all their troubles!
What characterizes God’s path?
I am lonely and troubled. My awful worries keep growing. Rescue me from sadness. I offer you my heart, Lord God, and I trust you despite all the challenges that lie ahead. Show me Your paths and teach me to follow You. Guide me by Your truth and instruct me. Through Your Word, You instruct me, guide me, teach me, and confide in me as a friend. I can trust the path where You lead because You will only ask me to do what is right. Help me to humbly do what is right and to stay on Your path. If I am being led to do something that is not loving and faithful, I will know that it is not from You. All Your ways are loving and faithful. You have been patient and kind with me. Remember me and not my sins. Oh my God, I trust, lean on, rely on, and am confident in You. I obey you with all my heart. I believe that as I put my trust in You and worship You, You will show me the right path. Lord, I pray for your guidance in everything I’m involved in today. Take me by the hand and lead me down the paths of Your truth. Amen