A Psalm of David. To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me. Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause.
Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.
Remember, O LORD, Your tender mercies and Your loving kindnesses, For they are from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; According to Your mercy remember me, For Your goodness' sake, O LORD.
Good and upright is the LORD; Therefore He teaches sinners in the way. The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way.
This psalm is one where David throws himself wholeheartedly upon the mercies of the LORD. No holding back! Straight forward reliance and dependence upon the strength and goodness of the LORD. I see this as a form of worship as David enumerates the various areas in which he needs the LORD, God the Almighty.
This is not the usual list of gimmes that characterizes our normal Sunday “worship” services. David is not pleading for a new chariot, he's pleading for a knowing of the LORD. Look at that second paragraph. “Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.”
Listen tomorrow morning. What are you hearing? Gimmes or praise? There is a place for both but it is not the same place.
Morning Psalm 125, Noon Psalm 119:137-144, Evening Psalm 64