Day 27: Protect me! Save me from them! I come to you for protection, so don’t let me be disappointed. (Psalm 25:20)
Spare me and protect me! Save me from them! I come to you for protection, do not let me be disappointed
King James Version
20 O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.
Guard my life and rescue me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me! Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
What does Psalm 25:20 mean?
In this verse David asks the Lord to keep his soul safe and deliver him from the pressing danger. His prayer is similar to what the Lord taught His disciples—and us—to pray: “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6:13). David requests freedom from disgrace. He knew his enemies wanted to defeat him and thereby disgrace him in the eyes of the people of Israel. Nevertheless, David relied on the Lord to be his safe retreat.
Jesus assured His disciples that the evil world system would persecute them but He would protect them. He said: “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Satan wants to disgrace believers, but if we rely on the Lord for protection, Satan cannot win. James tells us to humble ourselves, knowing that God gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). He urges us to place ourselves in God’s hands to obtain victory over our fiercest enemy, the Devil. James 4:7 tells us: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Psalm 25:15–22 records more of David’s prayer. He is facing multiple dangers, but he trusts the Lord to deliver him. In this regard, his plea resembles that of his prayer for deliverance in Psalm 22. The concluding section of Psalm 25 naturally follows David’s description of the Lord’s steadfast love and mercy. The Lord cares for those who obey Him, so He will not disappoint David in David’s time of great need.
This prayer of David uses the Hebrew alphabet as a pattern. This is an acrostic, where verses each begin with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The final verse, however, repeats the letter used in verse 16. David declares his trust in God and the value of the Lord’s wisdom. Mixed into these praises of God’s truth are multiple requests that David be forgiven of his sins. The psalm ends with David asking for rescue from his enemies, and for a similar redemption for the nation of Israel