Psalm 25 Verse 5 By: Pastor Dr. Charles Novak
This Writing Opens With A Prayer That President Roosevelt Gave On The D-Day Invasion.
This Writing Opens With A Prayer That President Roosevelt Gave On The D-Day Invasion.
Franklin D. Roosevelt’s D-Day Prayer
Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty
endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization,
and to set free a suffering humanity.
Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their
hearts, steadfastness in their faith.
They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard. For the enemy
is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing
speed, but we shall return again and again; and we know that by Thy grace,
and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph.
They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest-until the victory is
won. The darkness will be rent by noise and flame. Men's souls will be shaken
with the violences of war.
For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They fight not for the
lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight
to let justice arise, and tolerance and good will among all Thy people. They
yearn but for the end of battle, for their return to the haven of home.
Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive them, Thy heroic
servants, into Thy kingdom.
And for us at home -- fathers, mothers, children, wives, sisters, and brothers
of brave men overseas -- whose thoughts and prayers are ever with them--
help us, Almighty God, to rededicate ourselves in renewed faith in Thee in this
hour of great sacrifice.
Many people have urged that I call the Nation into a single day of special
prayer. But because the road is long and the desire is great, I ask that our
people devote themselves in a continuance of prayer. As we rise to each new
day, and again when each day is spent, let words of prayer be on our lips,
invoking Thy help to our efforts.
Give us strength, too -- strength in our daily tasks, to redouble the
contributions we make in the physical and the material support of our armed
And let our hearts be stout, to wait out the long travail, to bear sorrows that
may come, to impart our courage unto our sons wheresoever they may be.
And, O Lord, give us Faith. Give us Faith in Thee; Faith in our sons; Faith in
each other; Faith in our united crusade. Let not the keenness of our spirit ever
be dulled. Let not the impacts of temporary events, of temporal matters of but
fleeting moment let not these deter us in our unconquerable purpose.
With Thy blessing, we shall prevail over the unholy forces of our enemy. Help
us to conquer the apostles of greed and racial arrogancies. Lead us to the
saving of our country, and with our sister Nations into a world unity that will
spell a sure peace a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men.
And a peace that will let all of men live in freedom, reaping the just rewards of
their honest toil.
Thy will be done, Almighty God.
Have you ever been in a difficult trial and you knew that you were in the trial
because of your own sin? You knew that you should cry out to God for help,
but you were afraid to do so because of your sin. Or, maybe your problems
were not due to deliberate sin, but rather because of immaturity or stupid
decisions. Sometimes even though I have prayed for guidance and wisdom, I
still have done something that resulted in a lot of trouble. What should you do
in times like these?
We can look to Psalm 25, which teaches us to seek God in the hard times, no
matter for what reason we are in those hard times. It seems to me that James
Chapter 1 Verses 5-6 is a good summary of Psalm 25. It says: “But if any of
you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without
reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any
doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed
by the wind.” The context of this verse from James’ is the need for wisdom
even when surrounded by various trials . (James 1:2-3) Says: "Count it all joy,
my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the
testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” James tells us by faith to seek
God and His wisdom in our trials. That’s what King David tells us in Psalm 25:
Here is a little background on King David:
King David is described in the Bible as the second king of Israel and Judah.
In the bible, David is a young shepherd who becomes famous first as a
musician and later by killing Goliath. He becomes a favorite of King Saul and a
close friend of Saul's son Jonathan. Worried that David is trying to take his
throne, Saul turns on David and tries to kill him. After Saul and Jonathan are
killed in battle, David is anointed as King. By defeating the Jebusites, David
conquers Jerusalem, taking the Ark of the Covenant into the city, and
establishing the kingdom founded by Saul. As king, David arranges the death
of Uriah the Hittite to cover his adultery with Bathsheba. According to the
bible, God denies David the opportunity to build the temple and his son,
Absalom, tries to overthrow him. David flees Jerusalem during Absalom's
rebellion, but after Absalom's death he returns to the city to rule Israel. Before
his peaceful death, he chooses his son Solomon as the next king. He is
written of as an ideal king and an ancestor of the future Messiah, Jesus Christ,
and many psalms are written about him. Jesus is our Messiah and gives
refference to David as Jesus is descended from the line of David.
King David was a man of contrasts. At times he was single- mindedly devoted
to God, yet at other times he failed miserably, committing some of the most
serious sins recorded in the Old Testament. David lived a frustrating life, first in
the shadow of his brothers, then constantly on the run from vengeful King
Saul. Even after he became king of Israel, David was engaged in almost
constant warfare to defend the kingdom. King David was a great military
conqueror, but he could not conquer himself. He allowed one night of lust with
Bathsheba, and it had disastrous consequences in his life. Although King David
fathered Solomon, one of Israel's greatest kings, he was also the father of
Absalom, whose rebellion brought bloodshed and grief. His life was a constant
roller coaster ride of emotionals. He left us an example of passionate love
for God and dozens of psalms, some of the most touching, beautiful poetry
Tonights Study Will Be on: Psalm 25 Verse 5
Psalm 25 Verse 5 “Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.”
Psalm 25 is a prayer from David to God for pardon and protection
Lead me in thy truth – Dear God, In the way that you regard as truth, or the
way you see to be true. Truth which is eternal and unchanging. What God sees
and regards as truth --- is true, because God sees things as they are; and
when we have the divine estimate of anything, we understand what that thing
is. It is not that the psalmist makes it to be true, but that he sees it to be
true. This is the perfection of his nature that we have the utmost assurance
that what God regards as truth is truth; what He proclaims to be right is right.
It is then Gods truth, as God adopts it for the rule of His own conduct, and
makes it known to His creatures, His creation. to us, to guide us.
And teach me - As this would be understood by the psalmist, it would be a
prayer that God would teach him by Gods law, by His Spirit in the heart; by the
act of His Divine care and direction. As applying this to us, it is a prayer that
God would instruct us by all the truths that are made known, and all that have
since been revealed; by the Spirit of God in its influences on our hearts; by the
events which are occurring around us and within us; by the “accumulated”
truth of time; the knowledge which by all the methods God employs God has
given to people for their guidance and direction.
Lead me in thy truth, and teach me,.... Meaning the word of God, the
Scriptures of truth; and the Gospel, which is the word of truth, and truth itself,
A good scriptural reference is John_17:17 “Sanctify them in the truth; your
word is truth.” ; and the sense here is, either that God would lead the psalmist
by His Spirit more and more into all truth, as contained in His word; or that
God would lead him by His Word and according to it, that he might form his
principles and his conduct more agreeably to the Word of God, which is the
standard and rule of Faith and practice: which leading is by teaching; and
reasons urged for granting all the mentioned requests.
For thou art the God of my salvation - The word “salvation” is not to be
understood here in the sense in which it is now commonly used, as meaning
deliverance from sin and future ruin, but in the more general sense of
“deliverance” - deliverance from danger and death. The phrase is equal in
meaning with the word “preservation,” and the idea is that the psalmist
regarded God as his preserver; or that he has given his protection and safety
in the time of danger to God and God alone.
for thou art the God of my salvation; who, in infinite wisdom, planned
design and method of Salvation in his Son, and through His son the power to
produce it, and by his Spirit had made application of it to him: and since the
Lord had done such great things for him, the psalmist hoped the requests he
had made would be granted and given.
On thee do I wait - That is, I rely on Thee, I rely on you; or, I am dependent
on you. He had no other source of reliance or dependence.
All the day - Continually, always. He was really dependent upon God at all
times, and he felt that dependence. It is always true that we as humans are
always dependent upon God for everything; but it is not always true that we
always feel this way. It was a characteristic of the psalmist devotion to God
that the psalmist did feel this way.
on thee do I wait all the day; or continually, in public and in private,
attending to all the duties of religion, yet not trusting in them, but trusting in
the Lord; and therefore that he might not be ashamed of his hope and
expectation for deliverance and salvation.
***Or another way to explain it****
Treasuries of David:
“Lead me in thy truth, and teach me.” As a little child is just beginning to
walk, he asks to be still led by his parent's helping hand, and askes to be
further taught in the way of truth. Lead me according to thy truth, and prove
thyself faithful; lead me into truth that I may know its preciousness, lead me
by the way of truth that I may manifest its spirit. David knew much, but he felt
his ignorance and desired to be still in the Lord's school; in this verse David he
basically verbally applies for a scholarship in the college of grace. It was good
for many professors to instead of following their own plan, and cutting out
new paths of thought for themselves, that they would look for the good old
ways of God's own truth, and beg the Holy Spirit to give them sanctified
understandings and teachings.
“For thou art the God of my salvation.” Our Creator and Father Jehovah is
the Author and Perfector of salvation to His people. He is the God of our
salvation We see in God the Father's choice, the Son's atonement, and in the
Holy Spirit's working in all of your eternal hopes, you can use this as an
argument for obtaining further blessings; if the Lord has ordained to
save you, surely He will not refuse to teach you in His ways. It is a happy thing
when we can address the Lord with the confidence in which David has here, it
gives us great power in prayer, and comfort in trial.
“On thee do I wait all the day.” Patience is the person of faith; we happily
wait, especially when we know for sure that we do not wait in vain. It is our
duty and our privilege to wait upon the Lord in service, in worship, in
expectancy, in trust all the days of our life. Our faith will be tried faith, and if it
is true faith, it will bear repeated trials without complaint. We will not grow
weary of waiting upon God if we remember how long and how graciously He
has waited for us.
In worshipping God, we must lift up our souls to Him. It is certain that no one
with a present belief of waiting on God, and, by a believing hope, waiting
for God, would be ashamed of these actions. The most advanced believer both
needs and desires to be taught by God. If we sincerely desire to know what is
expected and required of us, and with resolution to do it, we can be sure that
God will direct us in it. The psalmist is sincere for the pardon of his sins. When
God pardons sin, he is said to remember it no more, never again, which
denotes full remission, or a better way to say it is that they are seen no more.
It is God's goodness, and not ours, His mercy, and not our merit, that must be
our plea for the pardon of sin, and all the good that we need. It is this plea
that we must rely upon, feeling our own unworthiness, and satisfied with the
riches of God's mercy and grace. Now consider how boundless or limitless is
that mercy which covers for ever, the sins and foolishness of a life spent
without God and without hope! Blessed be the Lord, the blood of the great
Sacrifice can wash away every stain.
II Conclusion: It is our duty and privilege to trustingly wait upon the Lord in
adoration, which is (Honor), in supplication, which is (Prayer) and in service all
the days of our lives. To those whose hearts are right with God, they shall not
wander in thought and belief for the want of heavenly direction from God in
any time of confusion or uncertainty.