Psalm 25: guidance to search for disappeared people
The Psalms present in the Bible are attributed to King David (author of 73 of them), Asaph (author of 12 psalms), the children of Korah (authors of 9 psalms), King Solomon (author of at least 2 psalms) and there are many others that are anonymous. They are words of faith and power that help guide us, connect with God and follow the path of goodness. Psalm 25 is used to achieve graces and praises for various causes, but the main one is in solace and guidance for anyone who is searching for missing persons.
The complete Psalm 25
“1 In you, Lord my God,
I put my trust.
2 I trust in you;
do not let me be put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
3 No one who hopes in you
will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
who are treacherous without cause.
4 Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
6 Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
for they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth
and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
for you, Lord, are good.
8 Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
9 He guides the humble in what is right
and teaches them his way.
10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful
toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
11 For the sake of your name, Lord,
forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
12 Who, then, are those who fear the Lord?
He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.
13 They will spend their days in prosperity,
and their descendants will inherit the land.
14 The Lord confides in those who fear him;
he makes his covenant known to them.
15 My eyes are ever on the Lord,
for only he will release my feet from the snare.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 Relieve the troubles of my heart
and free me from my anguish.
18 Look on my affliction and my distress
and take away all my sins.
19 See how numerous are my enemies
and how fiercely they hate me!
20 Guard my life and rescue me;
do not let me be put to shame,
for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness protect me,
because my hope, Lord, is in you.
22 Deliver Israel, O God,
from all their troubles!”
Interpretation of 25th Psalm
Psalm 25 begins with the words, “In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.” To trust in God means to enter into prayer, to open the mind and the heart to leave the physical world and to be in the presence of God. Then the psalm asks God for guidance, asks for teachings, for the company of God, so that he may walk with us in our ways.
In the 14th verse, the Psalm reinforces the need to walk with God by affirming, “The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.”
When the Psalm says intimacy is for those who fear Him, many people misinterpret that we should be afraid of God, that is not what the Psalm means. To fear God is to have respect for him, for his authority before us, to realize that we are before the King of the Universe and that He is giving us the chance to be close to him, to walk with him.
The Psalm ends with the request to God to remove the anguish and loneliness. They are feelings common to many people, especially those who look for a missing loved one. This psalm is very strong and very powerful, whenever you feel need, pray with great faith and God will hear you.
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