Psalm 25 is an acrostic psalm of David. This means that each verse begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. One famous acrostic most of us are familiar with is GRACE (God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense). This acrostic Psalm is a prayer in which David asks the Lord to meet a variety of needs.
David finds himself in danger of his enemies’ taunts. David openly trusts in the Lord and his enemies think that trust is utterly foolish. This is not too much different from the situation that we, as believers, find ourselves in today. We follow a risen Savior who has promised to return one day for us to put all wrongs right. The world thinks such hope is foolish. Furthermore this worldly point of view often shows itself in violent action and/or words towards those who hold to such hope. How are we to sustain our hope in the face of such hostile treatment?
We must do as David did. Notice he did not wallow in self-pity. He prays. He prays for guidance (v.4-5) and for forgiveness (v.6-7; 16-21), and expresses his trust in the Lord’s friendship (v.v.12-15) while praising Him for his mercy and goodness (v.8-11). Very instructive! Maturity comes when we start to pray like this.