Psalm 25 - Request for Pardon and Release

    [New International Version] Psalm 25 belongs to Book I of the Book of Psalms. It is an individual prayer of supplication that denotes the desire and attraction for God.

    The PS 25 belong to Book I of the Book of PS, composed of a collection of texts 150 poetry books organized by five. The Book of Psalms, for its wisdom and basic principles of human action, is considered the heart of the Old Testament. Book I encompasses Psalms 1 to 41. The PS 25 is divided into 22 verses. The Psalms are poems-prayers addressed to God, the privileged way to address and speak to Him. These prayers represent human experiences and religious conscience. They portray the commoner with his faults, insecurities, fears, and hopes. Even today, we can identify with the Psalmist and draw inspiration from these texts to pray and plead with God when we feel lost and anguished or to express our gratitude for some blessing. "There are enemies or friends, there is life or death, health or illness, pain or joy and, most of the time, there are no changes or gradations. Words are like stones and poetry like boulders carved by chisel"; "The Psalms are a bit like mountain paths, simple, especially when walking on snow, but they lead to the peaks; they are paths toward the peaks of meeting the Lord." - Carlo Maria Martini, Cardinal of Milan.

    Psalm 25 - Request for Pardon and Release

    1  of David. For you, Lord, I lift my soul. 2  O my God, in you I trust. May I not be disillusioned, nor do my enemies mock me. 3  For those who wait on you will not be disappointed. Those who betray you without reason are disappointed. 4  Lord, let me know your ways and teach me your ways. 5  Lead me by Your truth and teach me, for You are God, my savior. In you, I trust all day. 6  Remember, O Lord, your compassion and mercy, which have always been. 7  Do not remember my youthful sins and misdeeds. Remember me, Lord, for your mercy and goodness, O Lord. 8  The Lord is good and upright. Therefore, it teaches sinners the way. 9 Guide  the humble in righteousness and make his way known to them. 10  All the ways of the Lord are mercy and truth to those who keep his covenant and his precepts. 11  For your name's sake, Lord, forgive my sin, which is very great. 12  Who is the man who fears the Lord? He will teach you the way to choose. 13  Your soul will rest with prosperity, and your offspring will possess the earth. 14  The Lord's secret is for those who fear him, and his covenant is to make them known. 15  My eyes are always on the Lord, for He takes my feet out of the trap. 16  Turn to me and have mercy, for I am alone and humbled. 17  Give breadth to the troubles of my heart and deliver me from my afflictions. 18  See my affliction and my suffering and blot out all my sins. 19  See how many my enemies are, and they hate me with cruel hatred. 20  Guard my soul and deliver me. May I not be disappointed because I trusted you. 21  May integrity and righteousness protect me, for in you, I have put my hope. 22  O God, rescue Israel from all their tribulations.

    Meaning and interpretation

    Psalm 25 is a single prayer of supplication prompted by an experience of great distress. The supplication develops in a meditation rhythm, making it a Psalm with a strong sapiential stamp. In addition to the reward that Hebrew ethical thinking always associates with some benefit to be received in this world, the idea of taking possession of the land must also be part of the natural hopes of those returning from exile to feel the owners of the land again. In this sense, the land would be their living space, their country. Extending this land tenure to the horizon of the whole world opens up already echoes of messianic hope. The Sapiential Psalms are books of Sacred Scripture ( Libri Sapientiales ) that contain, above all, moral sentences from ancient Israel - Proverbs, Job, Qohelet (Ecclesiastes), Sirach (Ecclesiasticus), Song of Songs, Wisdom. These prayers are filled with ancient inspiration, wisdom, life experiences, and people's history. They analyze human behaviorethical options and consequences, and the search for the meaning of life and death for each of us and as a society. Various themes are addressed in these Psalms, such as justice/injustice; sinful/righteous; wisdom/foolishness; bad/good; fidelity/infidelity; the honor or lack of it, the virtue that exists in prudence in speaking, in being fair, in knowing how to be rich. The existence of God is never questioned. He is Creator, Lord, Judge, Wise. The Wisdom Psalms are also understood as a guide for everyone to meditate on the issues of their daily lives and the mysteries of life. The Psalmist uses his own and others' experiences to discerning the path based on correct moral principles. They are based on the assumption that what we do in this world, we pay for in this life. The wisdom style appears in Ps 1; 14; 34; 36; 37; 39; 49; 53; 73; 74.

    The Book of Psalms

    The Joy and Happiness of the Righteous in Communion with God

    The Psalms are prayer-poems addressed to God, the privileged way to address and speak with Him. Depicting the commoner, with his failures, insecurities, fears, and hopes, we can still identify with the Psalmist and be inspired today in Psalms to make prayers and supplications to God in times of trouble or express our gratitude for some blessing received. Despite being written in Antiquity, the Psalms still movesensitizeawaken feelingsinspire and enchant. In them, we can identify anguish and joy, deeply human feelings, praises, supplications, teachings of reflection on spiritual wisdom, and prophetic words. Written for different situations, some Psalms are intimate, revealing the author's relationship with God; others provide guidelines and advice for life; others are compositions for specific liturgical events such as rituals and pilgrimages. The Book of Psalms comprises a collection of 150 poetic texts and is divided into five parts, called Psalm Books or Booklets. Each Book closes with short hymns of praise to God. The division into five parts was considered to correspond to the five books of Moses, and it is assumed that each passage in the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible, called Torah by the Jews) was read in parallel with the corresponding Psalm. Its main forms are lamentation, supplication, praise, and gratitude.

    The Power of Prayer in Dialogue with the Divine

    The Psalms elevate our thoughts to the Divine, and prayer is the power of the word. Prayer is the language of faith. Any thought, word, or image addressed to God is called prayer. Through it, we come into contact with our God within; therefore, it is powerful in transforming life. Prayer can produce miracles, turn dreams into reality, and give us hope for changeharmony, and peace with ourselves and the world. Each Psalm has an intention that helps us meditate and walk with our God. For many theologians, the Book of Psalms has a prophetic or messianic tone as its verses refer to the coming of Christ into the world of men to guide them through the uncertainty and doubts of Human existence. The prayer has the power to call the Spiritual Universe full mode, honest, sincere, conscious, for spiritual self-protection, family protection, and those who are dear to us, to have peace of mind, spiritual and physical, for prosperity and success, to protect health and relationships, to ward off negative energies and, above all, to connect us to something bigger than ourselves. From this, peace, well-being, hope, and goodness in front of everyone and everything results. Faith can change our lives. It gives us tranquility and spiritual strength to face challenges. It helps us to meditate on our mission in life and to create a balanced and healthy environment for ourselves and those we love. When you pray, fill your heart with love and determination. The Psalms will guide you toward peace and communion with higher energy.