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.
gives the Lord the right to “instruct” sinners? Would humans ever have the
right to give this sort of instruction? Why or why not?
verse 11, David seems to jump back for a moment into his own sin. How did he
logically get to verse 11 from verses 8-10?
the pattern of themes so far in this chapter:
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! NIV
the picture David has drawn in verses 12-14 of “those who fear the Lord”.
this in mind, what details in verses 15-21 reveal David as someone who fears
the Lord? Are there any details that reveal a tension in his attempt to fear
ends his prayer, as he often does, focused on others. What is his prayer in
verse 22? What significance does David’s position in Israel play in this prayer?
What does his altruism teach us about the focus of our own prayers?
::::: Equipping Challenge :::::
Take some time to pray through this whole psalm. Pray about the specifics that identify most with your current situation. But do not forget to follow the leading of this psalm to end in prayer for the sake of others also.