PHASES OF A DEVOUT SOUL…


Psalms 25:1-7 – “To Thee, O LORD, I lift up my soul. 2 O my God, in Thee I trust, Do not let me be ashamed; Do not let my enemies exult over me. 3 Indeed, none of those who wait for Thee will be ashamed; Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed.

4 Make me know Thy ways, O LORD; Teach me Thy paths. 5 Lead me in Thy truth and teach me, For Thou art the God of my salvation; For Thee I wait all the day. 6 Remember, O LORD, Thy compassion and Thy lovingkindnesses, For they have been from of old. 7 Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; According to Thy lovingkindness remember Thou me, For Thy goodness’ sake, O LORD.”  NASB

To me, these are some of the most beautiful and touching words found in the Psalms.  They provide a sense of understanding as to why God would call David a man after His own heart.  The true character of David shines forth in the Psalms he wrote.  The reveal his heart powerfully.

When I consider the progression or phases of a Devout Soul I see, in verse one, the Soul Rising to God.  “Unto Thee, O LORD, I lift up my soul…”  David is allowing his soul to ascend into the presence of God in devout thoughts (v.1), in gratitude (Psalm 103), in adoration toward God (Psalm 48).  This is David’s personal exertion of his will.  No other person can lift your soul into the presence of God, but you!  It is an exercise of your will and the surrender of your heart.

Then in verse two, I see His Soul Trusting in God.  “O my God, I trust in Thee…”  Trusting in God reveals his dependence on God.  It expresses his complete awareness of his human inability and God’s ability.  It expresses a belief and confidence in the sufficiency of the Almighty.  It is an expression of the confidence and recognition that God is Sovereign and with Him, there is nothing impossible.  Therefore, he trusts and rests in God.

Then, we see in verse 5 the Soul Waiting on the LORD.  “For Thee, I wait all the day…”   This is echoed in Psalms 27:14; 62:5; Proverbs 20;22; and Isaiah 40:31. To wait expresses patience, hope, confidence, and trust.  In waiting, we learn to serve.

Next, in verse three, we see the Devout Soul Reaching out to God in Prayer.  “Let none that wait on Thee be ashamed…”  The prayer recorded in verses 3-7 fall into two categories.  It is a Prayer for Self.  He reveals his confidence in the power and willingness of God to deliver him, guide him, and rests in the security of knowing that God will not forget him but will Remember him!  It is also a Prayer for Others.  He prays for the success of the good, the righteous, and the godly.  He also prays for the defeat of those who hate God, reject God, and reject His people.

I see the Psalmist expressing a progression of his soul in the development of trust and confidence in God.  He reaches out to God and seeks His presence.  He Trusts in God and rests fully in His Power, Person, and Purpose.  He Waits on the LORD, listening for the direction he is to take, and Prays!

May the LORD be with you as you grow in His Grace and Seek His Face!

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