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. (Psalm 25:2-3 ESV)
What the psalmist is communicating in this cry for help is that he has placed all his hope and confidence and future in God’s sovereign power and divine rescue. David trusted in no one else. But his enemies thought he was dead wrong and they were out to prove it and to prove him just plain dead. So David’s success or failure was a public statement on how foolhardy (or not) his choice was to hope in God.
Ultimately, the glory of God was at stake. So David appealed to the Lord’s steadfast love and prayed “For your name’s sake, O LORD, pardon my guilt for it is great.” David could find no higher ground to base his prayer on.
We will find ourselves in situations—and maybe often—when the gospel is at stake. It won’t be our status or pride that’s on the line. It will be the glory of Christ. So pray as David prayed and remember our Savior has bound Himself to us with an everlasting love. If an enemy of the cross persecutes us, he persecutes the Lord. Jesus Christ will not dessert us as we declare our loyalty to Him.