None Who Wait for the Lord’s Justice Will be Put to Shame: Psalm 25
UPDATE Sept 2021: I have come to believe that Jeff Crippen does not practise what he preaches. He vilely persecuted an abuse victim and spiritually abused many other people in the Tillamook congregation. Go here to read the evidence. Jeff has not gone to the people that he spiritually and emotionally abused. He has not apologised to them, let alone asked for their forgiveness.
[August 6, 2022: There have been some changes made to this post. For more information, read the Editors’ notes at the bottom of the post. Editors.]
Notice the phrase “wait for you” in this Psalm. No one likes to “wait.” Waiting in line. Waiting for the “turkey done” popper thingy to pop. Waiting in the waiting room. Waiting for the Lord is hard too. And yet, in Scripture to “wait for the Lord” seems to be synonymous with faith. We wait for the Lord with believing expectation because He has promised, and we know He will fulfill those promises. We wait for His salvation. We wait for Him to vindicate us. We wait for Him to deal in justice with the wicked who oppress us. There are things we could do to take our own vengeance, but instead we leave vengeance to Him. We wait for Him. In this waiting, we put our trust in Him and we believe that we will not be shown to be fools for doing so. We will not be put to shame. One Day, we will see the Lord’s justice on our enemies, and they will see it too. On that Day their mocking will cease forever.
(Psalm 25:1-22 ESV)
To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.
Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. 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! Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies. For your name’s sake, O LORD, pardon my guilt, for it is great.
Who is the man who fears the LORD? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose. His soul shall abide in well-being, and his offspring shall inherit the land. The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant. My eyes are ever toward the LORD, for he will pluck my feet out of the net. Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses. Consider my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins. Consider how many are my foes, and with what violent hatred they hate me. Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me! Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you. May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you. Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles. [Emphasis added.]
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