New Defender's Study Bible Notes
25:1 Unto thee, O LORD. Psalm 25 is essentially an acrostic poem, with each of its twenty-two verses beginning with the successive twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
25:1 lift up my soul. Lifting up one’s hands or eyes may give an outward show of piety, but this is meaningless unless one’s soul is lifted up.
25:5 thy truth. “Thy word is truth,” Jesus said (John 17:17) and as He is the living Word, He could also say, “I am...the truth” (John 14:6). As an acrostic, this psalm has a natural emphasis on the very letters of divinely given human language, and thus appropriately emphasizes God’s truth.
25:6 tender mercies. This is the first of ten references in the Old Testament (all in the Book of Psalms) to God’s “tender mercies” (one word in the Hebrew). There are two New Testament references to God’s “tender mercy” (Luke 1:78; James 5:11). The association here with God’s “loving kindness” is a beautifully felicitous choice of words to describe God’s great love for His people.
25:10 mercy and truth. God’s mercy must always be in harmony with His truth, for both will endure forever (note Psalm 100:5). Mercy and truth are also mentioned together in Psalm 40:11; 57:3; 61:7; 85:10 (in which “mercy and truth are met together”); 89:14; 98:3; 115:1; 138:2, as well as others. Note especially Psalm 26:3.
25:10 his covenant. This is the first of twenty-one references in the book of Psalms to God’s covenant with His people.
25:14 fear him. Those who fear the Lord have nothing else to fear, for they are under His everlasting covenant.