Thoughts on Psalm 32

psalm-32-esv-word cloud1 How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,  Whose sin is covered! 2 How blessed is the man to whom the Lord  does not impute iniquity,  And in whose spirit there is no deceit! 3 When I kept silent  about my sin,  my body wasted away  Through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;  My vitality was drained away  as  with the fever heat of summer. Selah. 5 I acknowledged my sin to You,  And my iniquity I did not hide;  I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord “;  And You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah. 6 Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found;  Surely in a flood of great waters they will not reach him. 7 You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble;  You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.

8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go;  I will counsel you with My eye upon you. 9 Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding,  Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check,  Otherwise  they will not come near to you.

10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked,  But he who trusts in the Lord , lovingkindness shall surround him. 11 Be glad in the Lord  and rejoice, you righteous ones;  And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.

V. 1-2: Is there any more blessed state to be in than forgiven? Without it, nothing matters and with it, our relationship with God is unhindered.

Secrets in a BoxV. 3-4: Secrets never pay. Confess sin quickly and with a heart to change.

V. 5: God wants to forgive our sin, not accuse and condemn us with our sin.

V. 6-7: “The rush of great waters”  – Times of unexpected trouble and calamity hit like a flood. You’re never sure if and when a flood is coming nor just how much damage it will do. Surely “flood times” come but the Lord is a “hiding place for me” who will “preserve me from trouble” and surround me with “shouts of deliverance.”

V. 8-9: The Lord is your teacher and His eye is on you as a good dad who is helping his child learn a new skill. He is rooting for you and telling you those things that are in your best interest. You have the best teacher you could ever need. If there is a problem it is one of stubbornness. DON’T be like the chaff that does not bend when the wind blows; BE like the wheat that yields to the wind. DON’T be stiff-necked and arrogant; BE teachable and obedient.

V. 10: Don’t envy the wicked when it seems like they are prospering. Most of the time, you only see what they want you to see—not their reality. And later, when eternal rewards are passed out, you will rejoice in knowing that you lived a life of obedience and so glorified God. You will be rewarded by your Father.

V. 11: So, once you’ve left sin and delighted in God, you can REJOICE! “Be glad in the Lord.” Any other source of gladness and joy is sure to fail. People falter. Money is hear then gone. Health and beauty fade. BUT, the Lord is constant. Your joy is safely placed in the sure bedrock of his unchanging nature and character. Hallelujah!!! Rejoice because, by the sacrifice of Jesus’ life, you have the opportunity to be called, “the upright in heart.”

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