The Sabbath

Psalm 25: 15-21 (Psalm 25: 1-7; Psalm 25:8-14)

15 My eyes are ever toward the LORD,
for he will pluck my feet out of the net.

16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
bring me out of my distresses.
18 Consider my affliction and my trouble,
and forgive all my sins.

19 Consider how many are my foes,
and with what violent hatred they hate me.
20 Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me!
Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness preserve me,
for I wait for you.

22 Redeem Israel, O God,
out of all his troubles.


David, encouraged by the promises he had been meditating upon, here renews his addresses to God, and concludes the psalm, as began, with professions of dependence upon God and desire towards him.

  1. He lays open before God the calamitous condition he was in. … Sense of sin afflicted him more than any thing else; this it was that broke and wounded his spirit, and made his outward troubles lie heavily upon him.
  2. He expresses the dependence he had upon God in these distresses. … Those that have their eye ever towards God shall not have their feet long in the net.
  3. He prays earnestly to God for relief and succor.
    1. For himself.      – When at any time we are in trouble we should be more concerned about our sins, to get them pardoned, than about our afflictions, to get them removed.     –  Sincerity will be our best security in the worst of times. Integrity and uprightness will be a man’s preservation more than the wealth and honour of the world can be.          – We should there pray to God to preserve us in our integrity and then be assured that that will preserve us.
    2. For the church of God.

Matthew Henry, Commentary of the Bible, Psalm XXV, vs. 15-21, highlights

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