1 Happy are those whose sins are forgiven, whose wrongs are pardoned.Psalm 32 GNT
2 Happy is the one whom the Lord does not accuse of doing wrong and who is free from all deceit.
3 When I did not confess my sins, I was worn out from crying all day long.
4 Day and night you punished me, Lord; my strength was completely drained, as moisture is dried up by the summer heat.
5 Then I confessed my sins to you; I did not conceal my wrongdoings. I decided to confess them to you, and you forgave all my sins.
6 So all your loyal people should pray to you in times of need; when a great flood of trouble comes rushing in, it will not reach them.
7 You are my hiding place; you will save me from trouble. I sing aloud of your salvation, because you protect me.
8 The Lord says, “I will teach you the way you should go; I will instruct you and advise you.
9 Don’t be stupid like a horse or a mule, which must be controlled with a bit and bridle to make it submit.”
10 The wicked will have to suffer, but those who trust in the Lord are protected by his constant love.
11 You that are righteous, be glad and rejoice because of what the Lord has done. You that obey him, shout for joy!
Let’s start in prayer: Dear heavenly father, as we read this, we thank you and praise you for your grace! Please open our eyes and understanding; give us ears to hear what you are saying. In Jesus name we pray. Amen
This Psalm is overflowing with praise for that little thing we call grace. The undeserved favor of God. We confess our sins to God and ask to turn from them and through mercy he forgives us – but moreover, through grace he then blesses us. What an amazing things this grace truly is.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 NKJV
Psalms 32 verses 1 & 2 tell us how to be happy. Tell me we don’t need more happiness in this world these days. The joy of the Lord is our strength!
Verse 6 talks about a great flood of trouble – maybe like the troubles facing our nation. Maybe like the troubles we have at work. Maybe like the troubles with the economy and our finances. Maybe like the troubles with our health.
I have had some personal struggles lately, watching this flood of troubles chasing me. Yesterday there was no post – I am so sorry. I have been fighting off a head cold and a few rough days at work and came home from work and slept. I see these troubles coming right up within a millimeter of me. And honestly I have been a bit anxious.
Have I forgotten:
That I AM loyal to God?
That I pray to Him in my time of need?
Therefore this flood of troubles can come and it can come close – BUT IT IS WRITTEN: it will not reach me!
In this psalm, David is worshiping God for this grace and I cannot help but giggle at the response the Lord gives:
”The Lord says, “I will teach you the way you should go; I will instruct you and advise you. Don’t be stupid like a horse or a mule, which must be controlled with a bit and bridle to make it submit.” Psalm 32:8-9 GNT
‘Don’t be stupid’. Well, Lord, I try not to be stupid. But I do seem to think I am not so smart sometimes. I have to be reminded over and over of your goodness and mercies. I worship you for your grace, yet have to be reminded of that very thing!!!
Lately I see a trend – a repeating message in these posts: God is trying to lead us. Guiding us with His still small voice, and here being taught and guided. We must keep focused on God – seek Him first and foremost. Keep ourselves humble before Him and let Him continue to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
This is the VERY reason we should make sure we get into the Bible every day and ask Him to speak to us through it – because we easily forget some of the simple lessons. While focused on a global pandemic and the strange times we live in, we are spending a lot of energy trusting Him for protection from all these BIG things. Don’t be like me and get anxious over the little things that can all rush in at once like a flood. Being comforted by this psalm – I rest, knowing it will not reach me.
”but those who trust in the Lord are protected by his constant love. You that are righteous, be glad and rejoice because of what the Lord has done. You that obey him, shout for joy!” Psalm 32:10b-11 GNT
It is written: I am protected by His constant love! Woo-hoo! That feels so good to say – Say it out loud! It is written: I am protected by His constant love!
Ever notice that every time I write about grace, the word obey pops up?? Over and over in scriptures it keeps appearing – it’s like obedience is supposed to be our response to grace. Probably! Dear Lord, Help us to respond to your grace with obedience.
“Be glad and rejoice because of what the Lord has done.” – “HAS” Past tense. He has gone before us and prepared a way. He has finished the work through the cross and resurrection. The battle has already been won.
Today – be encouraged. His grace is sufficient for us and our circumstances as He protects us and He shines His face down upon us. All that is left is to praise Him! Praise Him as David did – in Songs and Prayers. God id Good! He is still in control!
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!
~Grace be with you ~ Love one another ~
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