David talks about the man that fears the Lord in v.12, where it says that the Lord will instruct him who fears the Lord, He will prosper him, He will confide in him and make His covenant known to him and David wants to be that man!

Throughout the psalm David has a strong desire to be led by God. He asks God: to show me your ways, teach me your paths, guide me in your truth and teach me. David affirms that God does instruct sinners in his ways, guides the humble and teaches them his way. David also seems to be very conscious of his sins, yet also of God’s great mercy and love v.6. While David believes God will prosper him, it seems that he is not experiencing this at the time of his writing. Yet his hope is in God and he has a strong belief that God will come through for him. The psalm is a great encouragement to keep pressing on in the Christian life. We have the benefit of knowing from reading elsewhere in the Bible that God does indeed rescue David from his enemies; leads and guides him; confides in him and makes His covenant known to him (2 Samuel 7:18-21). Sometimes when you are in the midst of a difficult situation it is hard to see how it is going to work out, but like David we need to continue to put our hope and trust in God.

During this next week I’ll be looking at Psalm 57. I’ll post about it next Thursday.