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Day 8 of 14

Psalms 25:16-18

16Turn to me and be gracious to me,

for I am alone and afflicted.

17The distresses of my heart increase;

bring me out of my sufferings.

18Consider my affliction and trouble,

and forgive all my sins.

Reflections: It’s worth noting the kinds of things that the Psalmist is asking for: he is seeking grace in his loneliness and affliction, relief from his troubles and freedom from his anguish. These are significant things to ask for. But the most significant he saves ‘til last – he wants his sins taken away. This is the most significant, and the most difficult, but not for God. It is his sins that keep him from God, keep him from the enduring grace and peace and freedom that Christ offers.

Question: Have you taken up Christ’s offer of forgiveness of sins and the grace, peace and freedom that comes with it?

Prayers:  We praise you God for your grace and peace and freedom and the forgiveness of our sins. Help us live lives that honour you. Amen.

Psalms 25:1-22

Psalm 25

Dependence on the Lord

Of David.

1Lord, I appeal to you.

2My God, I trust in you.

Do not let me be disgraced;

do not let my enemies gloat over me.

3No one who waits for you

will be disgraced;

those who act treacherously without cause

will be disgraced.

4Make your ways known to me, Lord;

teach me your paths.

5Guide me in your truth and teach me,

for you are the God of my salvation;

I wait for you all day long.

6Remember, Lord, your compassion

and your faithful love,

for they have existed from antiquity.

7Do not remember the sins of my youth

or my acts of rebellion;

in keeping with your faithful love, remember me

because of your goodness, Lord.

8The Lord is good and upright;

therefore he shows sinners the way.

9He leads the humble in what is right

and teaches them his way.

10All the Lord’s ways show faithful love and truth

to those who keep his covenant and decrees.

11Lord, for the sake of your name,

forgive my iniquity, for it is immense.

12Who is this person who fears the Lord?

He will show him the way he should choose.

13He will live a good life,

and his descendants will inherit the land.

14The secret counsel of the Lord

is for those who fear him,

and he reveals his covenant to them.

15My eyes are always on the Lord,

for he will pull my feet out of the net.

16Turn to me and be gracious to me,

for I am alone and afflicted.

17The distresses of my heart increase;

bring me out of my sufferings.

18Consider my affliction and trouble,

and forgive all my sins.

19Consider my enemies; they are numerous,

and they hate me violently.

20Guard me and rescue me;

do not let me be disgraced,

for I take refuge in you.

21May integrity and what is right

watch over me,

for I wait for you.

22God, redeem Israel, from all its distresses.