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“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” (Psalm 25:1-2, ESV).

            David begins thus a psalm significantly focused on seeking the Lord’s mercy and forgiveness.  Though David has sinned, he puts his hope in the graciousness of God to those who seek Him (v.3).  God’s love and goodness are the focus of David’s hope, even against the backdrop of his own sinfulness (vv.6-7).  It is a comfort to read these words, and find a hope for sinners in the gracious forgiveness of God.            

Lift up your soul to the Lord.  God is gracious and merciful to all who humbly seek Him, the Savior of all who place their trust in Jesus Christ, who died for our sins and rose to bring us life.  When you give in to temptation, look to God for mercy and forgiveness.  When you face danger and uncertainty, look to God for protection.  When you face hardship and sorrow, look to God for strength and comfort.  Lift up your soul to God, who has compassion upon all His children.