Teach Me, O Lord

TEXT:† Psalm 25:

INTRODUCTION:

A.††††† DAVID PLEAS FOR GODíS FORGIVENESS FROM SIN.

†††††††††††††††††† HIS DELIVERANCE IN THE FACE OF ENEMIES.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† AND HIS PROTECTION FROM TROUBLES (himself & Israel).

B.††††† vs. 4-5.† DAVID WANTS THE LORD TO BE HIS INSTRUCTOR.

††††††††† a.†††††† Show me -- Set the example for me to follow.

††††††††† b.†††††† Teach me -- Give me instruction that I may obtain knowledge.

††††††††† c.†††††† Guide me -- Go before me and show me the way.

C.††††† vs. 4-5.† DAVID WANTED TO THOUROUGHLY TRAINED IN GODíS:

††††††††† a.†††††† Ways Ė not the ways of man but of God( Jer. 6:16;† 10:23 ).

††††††††† b.†††††† Paths Ė not of sin, but of righteousness( Psa. 23:3;† Rom. 6:13 ).

††††††††† c.†††††† Truth Ė not error( Jno. 17:17 ).

D.††††† vs. 5.† HE WOULD EXERCISE THE PATIENCE OF FAITH ( vs. 1-2, 21 ).

E.††††† COMPARES TO LEARNING FROM JESUS

††††††††† 1.†††††† ( Jno. 6:44-45;† Heb. 8:10-11;† Matt. 11:28-29 ).

††††††††† 2.†††††† Learning from Christ will bring us forgiveness, deliverance & protection.

††††††††† 3.†††††† If we live by faith! (1 Jno. 5:4)

I.††††† IF WHAT WE LEARN IS TO BE ANY HELP TO US, WE MUST:

A.††††† ACKNOWLEDGE OUR SINS( Psa. 25:8, 11 ).

††††††††† 1.†††††† Psa. 25:16.† The reality & the desolation of our sin.

††††††††† 2.†††††† Matt. 5:3-4.† Poor in spirit, mournful.

B.††††† BE HUMBLE( Psa. 25:9; Matt.† 11:25;† Luke 18:13 ).

C.††††† BE OBEDIENT TO GODíS WILL ( Psa. 25:10; Matt. 7:21 ).

D.††††† BE REVERENT BEFORE GOD ( Psa. 25:12-14 )

††††††††† 1.†††††† Calls for self-examination( 2 Cor. 13:5 ).

††††††††† 2.†††††† Those who fear God have nothing else to fear!( Acts 10:34-35 ).

E.††††† ALWAYS TRUST IN GOD ( Psa. 25:2-3, 15, 20-21 ).

††††††††† 1.†††††† Have faith in God, not in ourselves ( 1 Cor. 3:18-19;† 10:12;† Eph. 6:10 ).

††††††††† 2.†††††† Wait patiently for Godís will to be accomplished( Rom. 8:24 ).

II.†††† O LORD, TEACH ME TO WAIT ON YOU.

A.††††† COURAGE AND PATIENT ENDURANCE WHEN OPPOSED FOR THE TRUTHíS

††††††††† SAKE( Psa. 25:1-3;† 1 Cor. 15:58 ).† In the face of:

††††††††† 1.†††††† Misrepresentations ( Matt. 5:11-12 ).† Who are we, what do we really teach?

††††††††† 2.†††††† False brethren ( Gal. 2:4-5;† Phil. 1:15-18;† Acts 20:29-32 ).

††††††††† 3.†††††† False teachers ( 1 Jno. 4:1, 6 ).

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Departures from the faith in work, worship, morality, doctrine.

††††††††† 4.†††††† Worldly brethren who despise divine authority ( 2 Pet. 2:9-10;† Jude 4, 11-13 ).

†††††††††††††††††† a.†††††† "We do many things without Bible authority." ( Col. 3:17 ).

†††††††††††††††††† b.†††††† The tragedy of presumptuous sin ( Deut. 1:43;† 2 John 9;† Psa. 19:13 ).

††††††††† 5.†††††† Denominational creeds & error ( 1 Cor. 4:6-7;† 1 Jno. 2:19 ).

B.††††† TRUST THAT THE WAY OF THE GOSPEL IS RIGHT AND THAT TRUTH AND

††††††††† THE FAITHFUL WILL BE VINDICATED ( Psa. 37:1-6; 73:1-3, 15-18, 25-28 ).

††††††††† 1.†††††† 1 Pet. 4:16.† Donít be ashamed - will rejoice one day! (v. 13).

††††††††† 2.†††††† 2 Thess. 1:4-7.† God will repay every wrong!

Conclusion:

A.††††† SHOW ME YOUR WAYS.† JESUS DID THAT( 1 Pet. 2:21 ).

B.††††† TEACH ME YOUR PATHS.† JESUS DOES THAT( Matt. 28:18-20 ).

C.††††† GUIDE ME IN YOUR TRUTH( Jno. 10:11, 27-29 ).