Here are the things David has learned about God as he has studied the revelation God has given: 1) God is faithful, because "no one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame" (v. 3); 2) God is characterized by truth, because his paths are paths of truth (vv. 4, 5); 3) God is his Savior (v. 5); 4) God is merciful and loving and has been “from of old” (v. 6); 5) God is good and upright (v. 8); 6) Again, God is loving and faithful in all his ways (v. 10); 7) God is forgiving (v. 11); 8) God is open with his people and freely confides in them (v. 14); 9) God is gracious (v. 16); and 10) God is powerful to rescue his people; therefore he is one in whom they can take refuge (vv. 15, 20).

David knows that is not going to happen, however, because, as I have been saying, this is not a psalm of anguish but a psalm of mature trust in God and instruction for others. From the beginning David's assertion is that he will not be put to shame ("no one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame,” verse 3) and that this will happen to his treacherous enemies instead.

Since Psalm 25 is not a highly dramatic or emotionally charged psalm but rather a quietly mature one, it presents its theme in a way most of us can easily identify with. We see it at the beginning. The entry point or door of the psalm is "shame," a word that occurs three times in the opening verses (once in verse 2 and twice in verse 3). Since the word also occurs in verse 20, near the end of the psalm, the thought of shame provides a context or background for what is said.

There is a tendency among commentators to exaggerate the greatness, depth or pathos of any portion of Scripture they are expounding, in this case, for example, calling Psalm 25 "a sob of great sorrow"1 or "the deep soul exercise of the godly remnant of Israel in the time of trouble and distress.”2 I think the tendency is misleading in this case. Psalm 25 is great, but it is great in its calm and quiet maturity. It is not some powerful cry of anguish but rather a thoughtful prayer of one who knows that the only adequate foundation for any worthwhile life is God.

The final section of Psalm 24 describes the entrance of the king into Jerusalem. It is the obvious climax. In verses 1 and 2 the earth is prepared for his coming. In verses 3-6 his people, the inhabitants of the earth, are prepared for him. In the third section, verses 7-10, the king comes. Who is he? He is "the great representative man, who answered to the full character laid down, and therefore by his own right ascended the holy hill of Zion."4 He is Jesus, who entered the city on Palm Sunday in order to die for us. It is because he ascended the approach to Jerusalem, entered it and died there that we can enter heaven.