Yahweh should be merciful (Ps 25:6-25:7)

Zain   

“Be mindful of your mercy!

Yahweh!

Be mindful of your steadfast love!

They have been from of old.

Het     

Do not remember the sins of my youth!

Do not remember my transgressions!

According to your steadfast love,

Remember me!

For your goodness’ sake!

Yahweh!”

David wanted Yahweh to be merciful. He wanted him to remember his love from long ago. Yahweh was not to remember the sins of his youth or other transgressions. However, he was to remember only love because Yahweh is good.

The ways of Yahweh (Ps 25:4-25:5)

Dalet  

“Make me to know your ways!

Yahweh!

Teach me your paths!

He      

Lead me in your truth!

Teach me!

You are the God of my salvation.

Vav     

For you I wait all day long.”

David wanted Yahweh to teach him the true paths of the way of Yahweh. He wanted to be taught. Yahweh was his God of salvation. He waited all day long for him.

A prayer for deliverance from enemies (Ps 25:1-25:3)

A psalm of David

Aleph

To You!

Yahweh!

I lift up my soul!

O my God!

Bet      

In you I trust.

Do not let me be put to shame!

Do not let my enemies exalt over me!

Gimel

Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame!

Let them be ashamed

Who are wantonly treacherous.”

Psalm 25 is a psalm of David for deliverance from personal enemies in an acrostic form like Psalm 9 and Psalm 10, where each verse starts with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet as indicated. This is a lament against the enemies of David. David lifted up his soul. He trusted in God. He did not want to be put to shame. He did not want his enemies to exalt over him. Rather they should be put to shame because of their treacherous behavior.

The King of glory (Ps 24:7-24:10)

“Lift up your heads!

O gates!

Be lifted up!

O ancient doors!

Thus the King of glory may come in.

Who is the King of glory?

Yahweh!

Strong and mighty!

Yahweh!

Mighty in battle!

Lift up your heads!

O gates!

Be lifted up!

O ancient doors!

Thus the King of glory may come in.

Who is this King of glory?

Yahweh of hosts,

He is the King of glory!

Selah

The gates to the sanctuary should be lifted up. The ancient doors should be lifted up. This is clearly a rousing chant about the King of glory which would be the Ark of the Covenant. Who is the king of glory? The king of glory is strong and mighty in battles. It is Yahweh as represented by his Ark of the Covenant. There is the repetition of the question about the king of glory and the call to lift up the gates. This short psalm ended with another Selah, musical pause or mediation.

Who can go into the sanctuary? (Ps 24:3-24:6)

“Who shall ascend the hill of Yahweh?

Who shall stand in his holy place?

Those who have clean hands and a pure heart,

Those who do not lift up their soul to what is false,

Those who do not swear deceitfully,

They will receive blessings from Yahweh.

Vindication comes from the God of their salvation.

Such is the company of those who seek him.

They are the ones who seek the face of the God of Jacob.

Selah”

Who can enter the sanctuary or the holy place? Who can ascend the hill to be with Yahweh? They have to have clean hands and a pure heart. They cannot be false or deceptive. They will receive the blessings from Yahweh. Only God can vindicate their salvation. These are the ones who will seek and see the face of the God of Jacob. This section ends with a Selah, a musical pause or meditation. Notice that they are seeking the face of God of Jacob, not Israel.

Yahweh is king of the earth (Ps 24:1-24:2)

A psalm of David

The earth is Yahweh’s.

All that is in it is Yahweh’s.

The world and those who live in it is Yahweh’s.

He has founded it on the seas.

He has established it on the rivers.”

Psalm 24 is another short psalm of David about the entrance into the sanctuary. Everything on earth belongs to Yahweh. All that is on earth belongs to Yahweh. All who live on earth belong to Yahweh. Yahweh established this earth out of the seas and the rivers. This goes back to the idea of the vast water ways of the world before earth land came to be.

Yahweh protects David (Ps 23:5-23:6)

“You prepare a table before me

In the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil.

My cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy

Shall follow me

All the days of my life.

I shall dwell in the house of Yahweh

My whole life long.”

Yahweh prepared his food in the presence of his enemies. He had anointed David as king. His cup overflowed with goodness and mercy. All the days of his life were to be filled with goodness and mercy. In fact, David had some rough days. Nevertheless, all the days of his life he would dwell in the house of Yahweh, whether it is his palace or the developing Temple. This short psalm ends with David living his whole life long with Yahweh.