Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face. (KJV)
Guíame, Jehová, en tu justicia, a causa de mis enemigos; Endereza delante de mí tu camino. (RVR 1960)
Context: This is a Psalm or prayer v.1 Give ear to my words, O Lord, v.2 Hearken unto the voice of my cry given in a time of great need not a normal daily conversational prayer with God. v.3-6 the Psalmist tells how he will honor God and reminds God how much He hates unrighteousness.
So let us break it down:
v.7 But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple. After declaring God’s hate for those who refuse to obey and worship Him, the Psalmist declares he will do just that, come and worship in the holy temple (tabernacle). He will worship in thy fear or in complete reverence to God’s mercy, grace and righteousness.
v.8 Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face. Again the Psalmist is crying out to God; Lead me, O Lord, not in my own ways (for we all know how corrupt and wrong those are) but in thy righteousness, God’s ways because His are always proper and right. Note the circumstances, because of mine enemies; you have heard me say this many times, if you are a true born again believer and do not have enemies (those living in the world ready, willing and able to attack you) you are not (with few exceptions) living for God. Lastly the Psalmist asks God for a simple straight path one he can follow in the midst of the battle with his enemies.
v.9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue. How bad are the enemies we face? There is no righteousness in their mouth; their heart is the personification of wickedness; and their mouths are as an open sepulchre; or grave spewing forth nothing but dead things.
Conclusion: We need god to lead us every day. It is the fool hardy “Christian” that thinks they can go up against the enemy alone. Our daily prayer (not just in times of trouble) needs to be Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies!
8.O Jehovah, lead me forth, etc. Some explain these words thus: Show me what is right, and make me wholly devoted to the practice of that righteousness which adorns thy character; and do this because of my adversaries; for the saints, impelled by the wicked practice and deceitful arts of the ungodly, are in danger of turning aside from the right way. This meaning is unquestionably a pious and a useful one. But the other interpretation is more suitable, which views the words as a prayer that God would lead his servant in safety through the midst of the snares of his enemies, and open up to him a way of escape, even when, to all appearance, he was caught and surrounded on every side. The righteousness of God, therefore, in this passage, as in many others, is to be understood of his faithfulness and mercy which he shows in defending and preserving his people. Consequently, in thy righteousness means the same thing as for or according to thy righteousness. David, desiring to have God as the guide of his path, encourages himself in the hope of obtaining his request, because God is righteous; as if he had said, Lord, as thou art righteous, defend me with thine aid, that I may escape from the wicked plots of my enemies. Of the same import is the last clause of the verse, where he prays that the way of God may be made straight before his face, in other words, that he might be delivered by the power of God from the distresses with which he was so completely surrounded, that, according to the judgment of the flesh, he never expected to find a way of escape. And thus he acknowledges how impossible it was for him to avoid being entangled in the snares of his enemies, (75) unless God both gave him wisdom, and opened up for him a way where no way is. It becomes us, after his example, to do the same thing; so that distrusting ourselves when counsel fails us, and the malice and wickedness of our enemies prevail, we may betake ourselves speedily to God, in whose hands are the issues of death, as we shall see afterwards, (Psalms 69:1.)