Attributes, Musings

Psalm 25

A friend shared Psalm 25 in our staff devotions asking us to notice what David reveals about our attitudes toward God and our asking of God.

As I was looking at the Psalm I notice that, like most Psalms, one of the key questions we also need to ask is, what are the attributes of God revealed?

1. The attributes of God
2. Our attitude toward God
3. Our “asking” /requests of God

I’d encourage you to spend some time in this Psalm.

The Attributes of God

God has a plan (way, path, leads, teaches)
He is merciful, has steadfast love, faithful, forgives,
He is good, upright,
He keeps his covenant and testimonies
He is a friend of those who fear Him

Our Attitudes towards God

Because of who he is, we must
focus on (direct our desires), trust, wait, humble, fear the Lord, take refuge in, rest ….
All these terms have the concept of yielding or dependence

Our Asking of God

And because of who He is and what we need, we can ask for him to…
not allow us to be put to shame, nor allow our enemies to exult over us,
we can request that he lead us the humble, makes know His ways, teaches us His truth, forgive our sins, pardons
remains merciful, demonstrates steadfast love
we should request that he turn to us, would be gracious to us, bring us out of distress, consider our situation, guard and deliver us, protect our integrity because of our connection to him.

In all that David teaches us to ask of God, God is active.

His is able
We are needy
He can supply what we need

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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