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I Lift My Soul, In You I Trust
“To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God” (Psalm 25:1). This is the attitude of faith. It is simple and bold expression of a humble soul whose confidence is in the only One who is trustworthy in all things and in all times. Once again, David gives us an example of a right relationship with God. David’s confidence in God is expressed this way in verse 3: “No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse.” The key to David’s faith is found in the virtue of hope. It is useless to put our hope in anything that is finite, or worldly. Our hope is not in wealth, or in the vagaries of political power. The fragile and often deluded ego is not worthy of our hope. Only the eternal God, the Creator of the universe, the One whose love is greater than sin and death, is worthy of all hope. It is in him that we live and move and have our being. He is our Creator, our Savior, and our Advocate. David came to know this by faith alone. But David also knows his weakness and his need for God’s wisdom. He says in verse 4: “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths. David, as we know, was a sinner just like the rest of us. And his sins were not insignificant. When the prophet Nathan confronted David with his sins before the Lord, David’s sorrow and repentance were great and sincere, and he experienced the greatness of God’s mercy. It is for this reason that he is humble before the Lord and knows that his ways are not the Lord’s.…