LifeCoach321 recommends you read the 25th Psalm before you read Sarah Conquests beautiful summary. You can find it at http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ps%2025&version=AMP This is Sarah’s introduction to what she wrote below.
“A month or so ago I spoke with my friend who’s been in and out of jail. I felt God prompt me to ask her is she’s ever given Him her heart. She didn’t really answer and said she’d think about it. We talked a little more about it and I have only talked to her once since then. A few weeks ago I started sending her verses from Psalm 25 until I had sent her the whole thing. I will send the last one tomorrow, so today I sat down to write a letter to tie it all together. I felt the Lord guide me in what to say as He always does where she’s concerned. I just wanted to share it with you.” Sarah Conquest
David wrote most of the Psalms including Psalm 25. We first see David in the bible as a young boy tending sheep, playing his harp in the field. He goes on to defeat Goliath, and then later becomes one of the greatest, most remembered kings of Israel. David did a lot of things wrong in his life, but the thing he got right was his heart for God. He knew beyond doubt that God was ALL mighty- had power over everything. He feared God’s wrath but understood His love and forgiveness, His tenderness and protection.
In the verses of Psalm 25, he tells us the things God offers and provides for those who hope in God, who fear God and who trust Him for their protection. He tells us we will not be put to shame, that our sins and mistakes will be overlooked because of God’s love for us. He will reveal Himself and His plans for our life to us. He will provide for our needs so that we can be prosperous. He will release us from traps set for us. David reminds us that God is faithful and loving, gracious and able to heal our pain. He is able to guard our lives and rescue us. He most of all is able to redeem us. To redeem means to buy back and make something new. In David’s time, people had to sacrifice the best of their livestock – usually a bull or ram-and the blood of the “pure and spotless” animal would be the price for covering their sin. The best of the herd could be sold for more money than the others so it was hard for them to give up their best to the lord. It was a sacrifice. But that was the agreement, the covenant that God made with His people.
When Jesus came, God made a new covenant with His people. No longer would they have to sacrifice pure, spotless animals to pay for their sin. If they trusted and believed in Jesus as the son of God, then the sacrifice that Jesus made by dying on the cross would pay for their sin. Jesus was able to do this because he never sinned. That is why the bible refers to Him as the “Pure and Spotless Lamb”. His death – like all of the pure animal’s death before Him- paid the price for sin. Only HIs death paid the price for all sin – past, present and future.
So when we call on Jesus the Redeemer, we are accepting that he paid a price for us and asking Him to make us new. : To redeem us.
God wants you to come to Him. He doesn’t make you. Just like you can’t make your child love you, but you hope they will and you hope they will come to you when they need help. God wants you to come to Him and ask Him for help. To trust Him. I know He has a plan for you just as He has a plan for each person. But, He’ll wait until we want His way before He shows it to us. When we give up doing things our way and ask Him for His way for us, there is such peace and relief. We don’t have to figure it out anymore.
Psalm 25 reminds us that God fights on our behalf – that he guides us, teaches us and instructs us in what to do. It reminds us that He can keep us safe. He can guard us and rescue us. It reminds us that God is loving and faithful in all His ways.
Sometimes those things are hard to believe because of the events that happen in our lives. But we see our life now and in the past. God sees where He’s taking us and what we need to be ready. He also not only sees our life, but everyone’s life and how they all fit together.
It’s hard to understand because we are not God. I like the verse in the bible that says, “His ways are not our ways”. It means I can’t understand what He’s doing, so it frees me from trying to figure it out. I can trust that whatever He has for me – and whatever he needs to take me through to get me ready- is better than anything I could come up with. No matter how smart I am.
Remember that God is not concerned with how many times you go to church or the order of the words when you pray. He is concerned with your heart. 1 Samuel 17:7 says, “Man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.
God loved David’s heart. David was not without sin. He made many foolish mistakes, but God overlooked them all and adored David because David adored God.
As Christmas approaches, remember that God sent Jesus to give us Hope. Hope that we can be free from the things that tie us down. Hope that we can be filled with Joy as we begin to understand God’s love for us. God’s love for you.