Psalm 32

Hello, my friend.   What a thrill to look at PSALM 32, because it is one of those remarkably valuable Scriptures from the hand of David. It begins with that word which is the first word of Psalm 1, “Blessed”, and it describes so personally, so wonderfully the basis of being blessed, to have one’s sins forgiven.  I loved a description of God’s forgiveness I learned just yesterday.  It is, in computer terms, when God says, “Your files are deleted.”  In other words, they are gone forever.  When that occurs, then all the blessings listed in this great Psalm are effective.  Until I enter into complete forgiveness, I will continue to grieve over unconfessed, unforsaken sins.  I will say, with David, in vs. 3, “When I kept silent (or refused to confess) my bones wasted away, through my groaning all day long.”  We can say ‘Hallelujah’ for verses 5 and 6, “I acknowledged my sin to you and did not hide my iniquity.  I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord’–and you forgave the guilt of my sin.”   That is the key to blessing.

And what are the results?  Knowing I’m one with Christ, I can pray to Him (vs.6), my hiding place, my protection from trouble (vs.7) and He, the holy God, will surround me with singing (vs.7).  What a great thought, that God, thinking of me, starts singing.  This is just like Zephaniah 3:17, “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”   I marvel at the glory of that truth, that God can greatly enjoy me, and rejoice over me with singing.  Aren’t you excited?

And then, in vs. 8, we read that God says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.”  I don’t know of any other verse in all of Scripture that contains more encouragement and blessing than this verse 8 in PSALM 32.   We are so unworthy, but so hugely blessed.  And David says that we should not be like animals that have no understanding, which reminds me of that strong verse in Jeremiah 9:24, “Let him who glories, glory in this that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord.”  Understanding suggests a closeness of a relationship, a trust and pure joy in love.  Horses must be controlled by a bit, because they have no understanding, but we are controlled by love for the Lord, because we have come to understand the greatness of His care for us.

And then, in vs. 10, David shouts, “The Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him.”  It is not just a touch of forgiveness, but a flood of God’s unfailing love which surrounds me, protects me, blesses me on every side.  No wonder he closes by saying, “Rejoice in the Lord, be glad, you righteous; sing, you whose hearts have been made anew.”   

So, Lord, we do just this, as we find our hearts lifted and our lives changed by pondering this wonderful PSALM 32, and I pray that this song may be along with us all day long. Bless my friends who are alongside bringing great encouragement.  Thank you, Lord.

Thank you, partner, Cheerio!

These meditations on the Psalms were written by Village Schools of the Bible Founder, Monty Sholund and first published in book form as Monty’s Musings on the Psalms in 2000.

Psalm 32

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