The Secret

Psalm 25, The Secret of the Lord

Peanut butter normally glues my mouth and brain cells together. Not so for my friend Dave. Arrested by his spontaneous comment during lunch, my mind came unstuck and I stopped eating immediately to write down his quote. “Life is full of pain,” he said so simply, “and Psalms are the medicine.”

Dave loves Psalms and knows about pain. We know about physical, vocational, relational, emotional, mental, or spiritual pain. Jesus knew these and said, “In this world you have trouble.” How true is that?!

King David sometimes wrote engulfed in pain. In Psalm 25, David’s mini-journal of personal confession and trust is like the refuge of an airport gift shop full of enticing foods after ten sparse days in a desperate country. (This happened to me in Cuba.)

David’s personal and political demons are legion. When he prays “lift up my soul” in Psalm 25, he means it. “…I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses,” he prays. His heart-cry becomes our’s as he struggles with iniquities, enemies, and loss of confidence and reputation. I live in David’s house. Do you? Notably, David sees and prays about these troubles for his nation, too.

His hope and strength come from God—a particular and peculiar God greater than surrounding lesser gods. He is: compassionate, full of steadfast love, good and upright, protecting His own people as they guard His reputation (“for your name sake”).

David’s trust (v.2) is rooted in a promise in verse 14: “The secret of the Lord” (NASB) in the midst of trouble, i.e., deep counsel, friendship, and intimacy with God, comes to those who “fear God.” How great our privilege to revere, worship, adore, and trust God in trouble since all His paths are perfectly righteous and His character flawless. A child holding tightly to their parent in public is soaked to the bone in the knowledge they are secure in staying close, undesirable things happen if they don’t, and rewards wait for following closely (“abide in prosperity/well-being”)!

As he typically does, David offers some habits for heart and life for those who seek to follow Jesus well and finish strong: waiting on God, confronting sin, humility, obedience, integrity, uprightness. I need to press forward in these. Will you join me?

Thank You Lord Jesus, for unsticking my heart at lunch, for Dave, for Jesus who shows the way, and for David’s honest prayer song that is mine, too…and for peanut butter!


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