What do you do when you’re in trouble – deep trouble – and you realize that some of it is of your own making? This morning during my time of “Coffee with the Lord” I read a psalm of David that helps answer that question. If you’re in that situation, I’d not only read Psalm 25… more than that, I’d pray it – I’d personalize it! (I realize what I’ve posted from the Bible is a bit long today but I believe you’ll be glad you read it. I’ve also adapted it a bit so it can be used as your personal prayer.)
“To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul! O my God, in You I trust! Let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame!
“Make me to know Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; for You I wait patiently all the day long!
“Remember Your mercy, O LORD, and Your steadfast love! … Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions! According to Your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of Your goodness, O LORD!
“Good and upright are You LORD; therefore You instruct sinners in the way. You lead the humble in what is right, and You teaches the humble Your way. All Your paths, LORD, are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep Your covenant and testimonies!
“For your name’s sake, O LORD, pardon my guilt, for it is great! Who is the person who fears You? You instruct that person in the way that he should choose. His soul shall abide in well-being, and his offspring shall inherit all that You have promised! The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear [or reverence] Him. You make known to those people Your covenant. My eyes are ever toward You, O LORD, for You will pluck my feet out of the net!
“Turn to me and be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am lonely and afflicted! The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses! Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins!
“Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me! Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in You. May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you. Redeem us, O God, out of all of our troubles!”
(Adapted as a personal prayer from Psalm 25 ESV)