Reading the Word
Psalm 25:1–7 (ESV)
1 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. 2 O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. 3 Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. 4 Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. 5 Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. 6 Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. 7 Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for the sake of your goodness, O Lord!
Understanding and Applying the Word
The saying “God helps those who helps themselves” is popular and is often attributed to the Bible. However, the phrase is nowhere to be found in Scripture nor is its sentiment. Rather, David’s words in Psalm 25 tell us the opposite. God helps those who trust in him.
The message of the Bible is that we cannot help ourselves. We need God to save us. And that is exactly what God does for those who place their trust in him and his word. God sent his Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to die for the sins of mankind. All who acknowledge their sin and turn to Christ for forgiveness find the salvation they need and a God who is gracious and loving. Will you trust in him today?
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