Psalm 32

A Psalm of David. A Contemplation

1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

2 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, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long.

4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah

5 I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden.  I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

6 For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You in a time when You may be found; surely in a flood of great waters they shall not come near him.

7 You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah

8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.

9 Do not be like the horse or like the mule, which have no understanding, which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, else they will not come near you.

10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; but he who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him.

11 Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous; and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

 

This is an interesting psalm because it actually switches point of view midway through.  The first part is the sin cycle of; life’s good, I screwed up, I tried to ignore it, life sucks, I ask forgiveness, life’s good again.  The next part is from the point of view of God describing the kind of relationship He desires to have with His children.  The kind of relationship that is so tender that just a glance is all it takes to know God’s will, where we are not trying to run off doing our own thing and expecting God to tag along.  This is, by the way, what keeps the earlier cycle in a wash rinse repeat kind of pattern.  Let us rather draw near to God and break the cycle.  Let us begin a new pattern of freedom with no need for bit or bridle, where we simply know and obey the voice of God and another voice we will not hear.

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