Bible Text: Psalm 32 | Preacher: Lionel Letcher | Series: Topical |
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So let's move along here this morning. We were looking at last week at Psalm 51, and we want to have a look at a corresponding Psalm, which is psalm 32 and in Psalm 51:1 David makes confession and I was just reading from that and in psalm 32, he writes a song of the blessedness of forgiveness, and it's a powerful song and of course I mentioned last week that the background of these Psalms is to go back to 2nd Samuel chapters 11 and 12, and read the background story. David lusted after his neighbour's wife, he committed adultery, he made her husband get drunk, and then he had him killed, and then he covered the whole affair for at least a year, and David was a mature man when this occurred so sometimes we think that sins of lust are just the folly of youth, and we relegate it to that. So that is specifically wrong, and so sins of lust are not confined to the young, not in any way. But they are often committed by people who have an overconfidence in self, and that is something we we must face. 1 Corinthians 10:12 says, "therefore that him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall" and so, there is this tendency within mankind that we get a confidence within ourselves and as a consequence of that self-confidence we begin standing in our own strength, and standing in our own power, and then suddenly we fall, and we fall in sin, and that's a reality of life and all of us have experienced that or we've seen it in others, even those who have been saved for a long time and something has gone out of kilter in their relationship with God and they're relying upon their own strength in that, and as a result their pride steps in and before long they find themselves falling. So David's prayer of confession with Psalm 51 and we want to just read back through that and then we'll go into Psalm 32.
Ps 51: 1-4 "Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness;
According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity
And cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions,
And my sin is ever before me.
Against You, You only, I have sinned
And done what is evil in Your sight,
So that You are justified when You speak
And blameless when You judge."
David is not saying why Lord why me Lord, he's saying I've sinned against you and you're completely justified in in the actions you determine.
Ps 51: 5-19 "Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.
Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being,
And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.
Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Make me to hear joy and gladness,
Let the bones which You have broken rejoice.
Hide Your face from my sins
And blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation
And sustain me with a willing spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners will be converted to You.
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation;
Then my tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness.
O Lord, open my lips,
That my mouth may declare Your praise.
For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it;
You are not pleased with burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.
By Your favour do good to Zion;
Build the walls of Jerusalem.
Then You will delight in righteous sacrifices,
In burnt offering and whole burnt offering;
Then young bulls will be offered on Your altar."
So let's go then - from David's confession in Psalm 51 let's go to psalm 32 and see his praise of God. Psalm 32 "A Psalm of David, A Maskil". A maskil is a song that is a didactic song in its purpose you know didactic means that it has a teaching element it meant the song was for teaching and this is a standard way of learning things that many people have employed. The ABC song is a didactic song it has a teaching purpose its purpose is to teach children the ABCs, I won't sing it to you it's enough that you have to listen to me talking without that but it means that the purpose of this song is that it has a teaching element to it and so David as he writes this song of praise there is an intention within the song that he would teach others about what he has been through and where God has brought him to.
Ps 32: 1-4 "How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered!
How blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity,
And in whose spirit there is no deceit!
When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away
Through my groaning all day long.
For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. Selah."
Now the phrase Selah doesn't have a to my knowledge doesn't have a specific translatable meaning other than in in music you might see a term such as rest which is a pause within within music and obviously in music that has some syncopation that pause is going to be for a deliberated set a period of time. Now not so much in this but there's a pause and the reason that Selah is inserted into the Psalms often is that it's a pause for reflective meditation, and so this phrase Selah ties in to verses 3 & 4
"When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away
Through my groaning all day long.
For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer."
Now pause and meditate on this. That's the intention that you and I would learn this didactic song this song for teaching and we would then, as we reflect on it and read it over we would take time to pause and meditate over these verses attached to this time pause for us. Let's keep going because we'll come back to that idea a little later.
Ps 32:5 "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."
Pause and reflect on this. So the intention of this song is that we would work our way through the song and we would take time to reflect upon our own state before God, this is the intention of it verse 6
Ps 32: 6-7 "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.
You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble;
You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah."
Pause reflect on this as well so David is writing here and he has these different stages within the Psalm and at these different stages of a person's walk he's saying pause and reflect on this, do some internal meditation on this, we're not talking in the eastern sense, we're talking on the biblical sense which is to take this passage of verse in and and plunder it around within the mind and within the heart letting this passage work its way deep within us, there's an injunction that we see immediately as soon as we start meditating over this passage in verse 6
Ps 32:6a "Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found;"
There's an injunction that we'll come to a little later, let's move on to the remaining verses of the Psalm, So this is the Lord's reply to David here
Ps 32: 8-11 "I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go;
I will counsel you with My eye upon you.
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.
Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
But he who trusts in the Lord, lovingkindness shall surround him.
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous ones;
And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart."
I can't hear you, shout for joy, you know most of us treat church like it's a library and when you read through the Psalms and through the scripture God's not afraid or ashamed of noise he's not ashamed of the you know the the genuine expression of the human heart in both sorrow and in joy in brokenness and in wholeness, He's not ashamed of these things and so the Lord is telling David, this is the Lord telling David,
Ps 32:11 "Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous ones;
And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart."
And so often especially within the Western mindset we become so closeted in our emotions even the ones that we share with one another that we can also let that affect our walk with God and we can be closeted in that way as well. So just thinking back two weeks ago, before Salvi's message, his wonderful message I'd encourage you to go back over that. We looked at the cost of committing sin, so the cost of Commission. We looked at the cost of confession, there is going to be a brokenness that comes with confession of sin. A genuine brokenness that will accompany the confession of sin. The cost of cleansing that good works and religious performances cannot cleanse from sin, only the blood of Jesus can cleanse from sin, this is the high cost of you and I being cleansed from our sin, and that high cost of cleansing from sin ought to make us hate sin and turn from it to run from it. But there is another side to this story, so that's what we looked at the previous week, but the other side is the experience of the joy of forgiveness that is expressed in psalm 32. In fact Paul quotes David's Psalm in Romans chapter 4, the first two verses of it, Romans chapter 4 now I have taken this out of the new American Standard which places the verses in CAPS and when you're reading through the New Testament in the new American Standard whenever you see a text in capitalised letters, what what that means is it's a reference that has taken from the Old Testament, well we've been reading Psalm 51 and Psalm 32 and here Paul from his knowledge and experience of Psalm 32 he takes that passage and he quotes it,
“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven,
And whose sins have been covered."
Now you can look up that passage in commentaries and you will see that quite a few commentaries take that passage and give a little summary of it. Kenneth Wuest in his expanded translation he translates the words "blessed" which essentially had the meaning of to be happy, but it's a little bit like the word repentance "Metanoia" a change of mind. Now a change of mind does not encompass the in the Greek it doesn't encompass the Hebrew intentions of the word repentance which carries with it a component of deep sorrow that leads to a change of mind, and so in the same way the word blessed doesn't simply mean happy as if some circumstances have occurred and so therefore we are for some reason happy. The the word carries with it a meaning of spiritual prosperity that there is a prospering within the individual because of some circumstances so blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled. So spiritually prosperous are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness because they will be filled. Kenneth Wuest, he translates this as "spiritually prosperous are those whose lawlessnesses, whose lawlessness is were put away and whose sins were covered spiritually prosperous is the man to whose account the Lord does not in any case put sin".
Well what a an amazing statement and the reason it's amazing is because David was entirely guilty, he had committed horrible sin. Now hand on heart that's you and I as well we have committed horrible sins you and I. He had rebelled against the law of God, blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven. David had rebelled against the law of God these were lawless deeds. He had failed to meet God's righteous standard, blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven and whose sins have been covered, the term for sin means a falling short of the standard or the glory of God and so David he had fallen short he failed to meet God's righteous standard in keeping the law and so as a consequence of that he had sinned and here as David said in the in the beginning of psalm 32 and then as Paul quotes in Romans chapter 4, his falling short, his failure was covered by God. So he had failed to meet God's righteous standard he had surrendered to his sinful passions in this and had deceitfully covered up the whole matter for the year and this is a great tragedy.
You could take proverbs 28 I just go over there proverbs 28 verse 13
Proverbs 28:13 "He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion."
What an awesome correlation to this text that we're looking at here this morning, psalm 32.
Let's just consider as we are reading Psalm 32 that there is a an effect upon us when when we cover up sin. There is a powerful effect. We call that the ravaging effect of sin. Sin is damaging enough to us but when we continue to keep it covered it is powerful in its effects within the individual, and David refused to confess his sin and there was an effect directly in his life he suffered within his life. Psalm 51 shows us that David suffered spiritually through his silence and in psalm 32 it shows us that he also suffered physically through his silence.
Ps 32:3-4 "When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away
Through my groaning all day long.
For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer."
David is talking about some of the effects of the silence about his sin, that they had a devastating effect within him as an individual, he became like an old man. He says God's hand was heavy upon him and he was like someone that was struggling through the the feverish heat of summer and that he was experiencing that drought spiritually and physically within his life. Some people who go to a doctor to take care of their symptoms, some believers this is, should go to the Lord and search their hearts, I'm not saying don't go to a doctor this is not some Word of Faith garbage here, but what I'm saying is you and I may suffer, we may suffer within through the silence or the compression, the covering of our own personal sins and it can affect us within. We're not saying that all sickness is caused by sin, but it does mean that unconfessed sin can have a physical affliction, that's something for us to consider. Isn't that the emphasis of first Corinthians 11 when Paul talks to the church about the Lord's Supper and in verses 29 to 31 but starting with verse 28, "but a man must examine himself and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup for he who eats and drinks eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly for this reason many among you or we can seek in a number asleep "or dead that means but if and and so Paul is talking about believers who have died as a consequence of them not judging their own actions and the motivations of their actions and they harboured wrongfulness and in the process of that God took them out, that's that's what it seems to say, "but if we judge ourselves rightly we would not be judged but when we are judged we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world" so for the believer who is in error in his ways, there is a need for us to pause and to discontinue a process of covering up of sin so that we can rightly judge our hearts and come before God and be liberated from the effects of the covering up of sin.
So God is at work in our lives and part of his work is to bring us to true repentance and in the process of doing that, bringing us to to repentance, God brings us to a place where we're restored in fellowship with him, and it seems to me the first Corinthians 11 these are people that Paul is speaking of who were out of fellowship with God, but were not under the judgment as sinners. But God judged God judged their sin, but he spared them from ultimate judgment as sinners will face. Now that's a topic for another day however just take note of that that there is a ravaging affect spiritually and even physically upon us as believers when we are silent about our sin.
Now there is also within this passage a wonderful rawness of true confession. I think this is one of the most endearing aspects of David when you read him. He wears his heart out on his sleeve, as we're often recorded to say about individuals, David pours himself out and this is something raw, there is something basic, there's something powerful about the confession of sin. David said in verse 5 "I acknowledge 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" and so we'll take a moment to pause, you forgave the guilt of my sin, Selah, so we'll take a moment to pause and think about this. Literally David is saying I began to make known to you my sin.
The wording is interesting "I acknowledged my sin to you" the wording is interesting because he is he's actually saying I began to make it known. And the idea is that it wasn't an immediately completed fact, it wasn't the simplicity of a prayer such as Oh Lord I've sinned, please forgive me, please forgive me Lord. That's not what David was doing here, but the indication of the text is that David was working this issue through with God. He began pleading with God over the state of his heart and over the condition of sin that he was in. David immediately confessed that he had sinned when Nathan spoke to him, but then privately David allows the Spirit of God to uncover his sins one by one, and this is the true nature of confession.
Imagine a man who maybe has been dishonourable to his family in in various different ways and so then he realises that that he's being dishonourable in all these different ways and so he gathers the family and he says to them, look, I've got something to say to you. I'm sorry, please forgive me. Now there would be a lot of confusion in that in in in the sense that the family members who maybe are anticipating this and wanting to see the restoration of relationship between themselves and their father are probably hungering for a depth of Communion and confession to take place and so for the father to simply say, I'm sorry please forgive me. That's not going to cut the mustard as far as the family is concerned. "What are you sorry about" is going to be one of the first questions because how can we forgive you if we don't know what you're sorry about, and so it works the same way that as believers God is desiring truth in the inward parts he's desiring that you and I would come before him to be cleansed and that's going to require that you and I are honest with God in seeking that forgiveness and in confessing our sins and actually speaking them out to God and not just saying, sorry God, please forgive me. Because that doesn't cut it. That's not a raw sincere true confession before the Lord.
David's prayer was not this general confession, he named his sins specifically before God and because he confessed, God forgave him. One writer said, "the less you spare yourself the more God will spare you". That's a phrase we would be familiar with, because we would have heard sometimes people say "I'll spare you the embarrassment". The less you spare yourself, the more God will spare you. The less you and I cover the more God will spare you .Paul said in 1 Corinthians 11 but if we judged ourselves rightly we would not be judged, we just read that out a moment ago in in 1st Corinthians 11, "for if we would judge ourselves we should not be judged", There is an emotional component to seeking forgiveness because the idea of seeking forgiveness, stems from the understanding of law-breaking, and just as every parent would desire for their children to come to them and and confess to them say mum, dad, I did this thing wrong and I'm so sorry, and be genuine about it. The idea of confession is that it comes from a brokenness of heart. We read that just a moment ago in Psalm 51 when we were going into community, "for you do not delight in sacrifice otherwise I would give it you're not pleased with burnt offering the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit a broken and a contrite heart O God you will not despise". And so God doesn't forgive simply because we confess, there is a an element to true confession that is accompanied by true brokenness, and that then causes in us a rawness to the sincerity of a true confession and if you've been a believer for any length of time you've met someone who has just outwardly poured out their heart about how they had disgraced God has just gushed out of them and and you're listening to them as they share with you the brokenness that they had in their lives and how they experience God's love and joy and even in telling you, many times, you're able to sense a reflection from this person's heart in your own life as to the the total sincerity with which they're speaking to you about how they poured their heart out to God.
And God doesn't simply forgive just because of prayer it's not just that we recite "our Father who art in heaven hallowed by thy name". He forgives when we confess our sins because he is faithful and just, and because we are in a place of sincerity about recognising the condition of our sins, and how we have violated God's law and violated our relationship with him. He is faithful to his promise and he is Just concerning his reference to the cross. You see forgiveness is found at the cross of Jesus Christ and therefore we don't earn forgiveness. The coming to God in in a condition of confession of sin is not to earn forgiveness, it's a simple step of obedience, confess your sins. This is a step of obedience that we would honour God with that.
Romans 8:31 through 39 says "What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies;"
So if you and I have been justified by God through repentance and faith then who can bring a charge against us. It's God who justified, He's dealt with it and how did He deal with it? In the cross of Jesus Christ. That is the justice of God. So it's in his hands.
Romans 8:34 "who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written,
“For Your sake we are being put to death all day long;
We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
God's love is not a random thing, it is in Christ Jesus our Lord. And we in Christ Jesus through repentance and faith, and therefore the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts through repentance in faith. So forgiveness is tied to confession of sin because God is faithful and just. That's a phenomenal thought isn't it, that God calls us to confess our sin to him because he is faithful and just to forgive. Now let that just sink in for a moment, this is a Selah moment, we pause and reflect and you wonder for a moment. Lord what sins have I committed what sins are unconfessed between me and you. He's aware of them, in our calloused hearts we may have become unaware of them, not that they're not there, but that we have become so calloused that we're committing this sin without even giving heed to the conviction of the Holy Spirit.
Let's move on here this morning, so we've looked at the ravaging effect of silence. The raw sincerity of true confession. Let's have a look at the rejoicing of cleansing.
David's brokenness and rawness of his confession was replaced by singing and rejoicing God put songs in his heart and I know that there are more than one of you listening who have had that experience of coming to Christ and experiencing the forgiveness of sins. And there just seems to be this thing of rejoicing and singing with in your heart.
Ps 32:6 "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."
Now let's do a little translation of that. Surely the flood of great waters, that flood of great waters will not reach him, the disaster will not overcome him.
Ps 32:7 "You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble;
You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah."
Again we come across this this pause for reflection. So he is surrounded by songs of deliverance and wherever he turns, this means he's finding something to sing about. What a turnaround from Psalm 51 verse 3 where my sin was ever before me, he said. Now he's surrounded by songs of deliverance. Look what the Lord has done, greater is He that is in me, you know his heart is bursting forth with song, it's no longer I who liveth. I'm obviously singing from the New Testament experience, but David said "I know my transgressions and my sin is ever before me" and now he's saying "you preserve me from trouble you surround me with songs of deliverance" so there is turnaround, why because of the confession that he went through. Now there's a warning here in this text. Verse 6 says "therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you in a time when you may be found. So there's a warning here about timeliness, he wants us that that we should not delay in seeking God. Pray to you in a time when you may be found. Now this may have two meanings it may mean that in a time when we find out our sins, so as soon as we become aware of our sin and seek God. And it may also mean in a time when God may be found. And I think the second meaning leads toward this idea that the longer we harbour the sin in our hearts, the harder our hearts become and the more difficult it becomes for us to open up before God because we've been harbouring this sin. And our hearts have become calloused. And so with that I think there are some different interpretations, but I think there may be a combination of these two mixed together here, Remember he says in verse 6 "therefore that everyone who is godly pray to you in a time when you may be found surely in a flood of great waters that were not reach you.
So as overwhelming as the acknowledging of our sin before God maybe, persist in seeking God with it while you're in that state of heart, don't let it go. Now I think it is genuine to the text to state that if a believer allows sin to accumulate, we're talking about a believer here, if they allow sin to go covered, so it's covered over and they're harbouring it. I think it's fair to say that Hebrews 12 teaches us that God will chasten us and that chastening is for a specific purpose that in the process of God chastening us. We'll go to Hebrews 12, then in the process of God chastening us, He is correcting us for a purpose.
Heb 12: 4-5"You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons,
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
Nor faint when you are reproved by Him;"
My son do not despise. So God speaks to his children and the author of Hebrews reminds him that, listen don't treat this lightly have you forgotten they God says he will chasten his children.
Heb 12: 6-7 "For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines,
And He scourges every son whom He receives.”
It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?"
So God has a purpose in the discipline he brings into our lives and it may be that the chastening of the Lord might be likened to these waters that will not overwhelm, surely in a flood of great waters they will not reach him, so God will use the circumstances of life, He will bring about circumstances in order to chasten us so that we will come to Him in reflection and in confession of our sins. So the caution for us is confess quickly, don't delay with confessing. David, as a consequence of his confession he's not afraid anymore. We read in verses 6 & 7 of psalm 32 "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." There's a confidence there, surely he says, then you are my hiding place, you preserve me from trouble, you surround me with songs of deliverance. So his confidence is in God. David is now not living in fear, he's not trembling, his bones are not quaking within him, his body is not wasting away. He is not feeling like somebody who is parched from the hot dry summer Sun, this is the blessing of being in right relationship with God. That out of that right relationship with God fear is vanquished with the presence of a clean conscience. And that that's something that money can buy. The Beatles said "money can't buy me love" but that is something money can't buy you. That comes out of relationship with God. In a sense David is saying, let troubles come, I'm not afraid, whatever comes my way is only by the Lord's hand anyway. He's allowed it to come so he will give me strength to withstand. Even the most onerous assaults of the enemy, David says they're not an issue. God will strengthen me to stand.
Let's move on as we come to a close in this so we've looked at the ravaging effect of silence. Looking at the top three points here. The ravaging affective silence the roar sincerity of true confession the rejoicing of cleansing let's have a look finally at the expression of joy and confidence that comes, because verses 8 to 11 this is God's reply to David God is now speaking to David and he is assuring him that he will direct his steps. Verse 8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way in which you should go I will counsel you with my eye upon you, he restores my soul Psalm 23 verse 3 says he leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Notice that God wants to counsel you with his eye. Now this is far different to being corrected with a rod. In other words the intention of God is that you and I would be in such a relationship with him, that it's a little bit like a parent who may do this to their child, and the child responds or the parent raises both eyebrows, or frowns. And the child instantly is aware for the parents that looks like this as if the child is to divert their attention to something and then goes to do it. And so God wants to guide us with his eye, not with a heavy rod. And an obedient child learns the look of his or her parents eyes, they they learn to understand the directive that parents are giving from a look or from a simple phrase and we should be seeking to be constantly under the father's eye, learning to live so we can please him. In verse 9 David talks about two extremes, and he says in verse nine "don't be as the horse or 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."
Now this is the Lord remember, speaking to David here, and he's saying don't be like this, don't be like a horse and don't be like a mule. I've been around a lot of horses they can be flighty don't be like that, don't be impulsive, don't be like a mule, and there's more than one or two mules in my family history and the Irish Scottish and English renowned for stubbornness, in fact probably every culture is in some way. The horse that rushes ahead and the the mule that is stubborn, they're both led by the bit in the mouth that bit that is uncomfortable for them and so they learn that when they try to fight and they try to resist that bit that it's uncomfortable for them and so they learn to be moved in the right direction. And so Christians should avoid impulsiveness and stubbornness, these are two extremes that we are to avoid, and so this is the Lord speaking to David. David's gone through all of this and the Lord is now saying to him you know avoid these things. God is directing our steps and as a process of that is saying this and as you walk with me avoid impulsiveness and avoid stubbornness, these are important things. Especially when you consider these statements in the light of 2 Samuel 11 and 12 and in the light of Psalm 51 and Psalm 32, David impulsively got himself into sin and then stubbornly covered it up for over a year. So this is this is very relevant to what the Lord is saying to David and so Christians should avoid both of these kinds of behaviour, we should walk with the Lord and a step at a time in loving obedience. Now some Christians have to have the bit in the bridle before God can control them and over time God teaches them tenderness of heart to walk with him. That is what God desires for us that we would have a tenderness of heart in walking with Him. Dumb animals have no understanding, but God's people learn to understand what the will of the Lord is. You can check out Ephesians 5:15-17 "therefore be careful how you walk, verses verse 15 says not as unwise but as wise making the most of your time because the days are evil so then do not be foolish but understand what the will of the Lord is.
So we often as Christians have sinned and being restored. So from that point of restoration that's not a time to rest on our laurels now is the time you know in that point of restoration that's the time that we would begin to open our hearts up to God and learn to walk carefully and circumspect with him and understand what the will of the Lord is for our lives. Satan will try to undermine our peace and our confidence in the Lord, it's very easy for us to begin to worry about the past and the consequences of our foolishness, but who will separate us from the love of God. We've read that just before it Romans chapter 8, go back there and check that out, because there are definitely better fruits from disobedience but verses 10 and 11 show that God protects and upholds those who belong to him. Verse 10 many other sorrows of the wicked but he who trusts in the Lord loving-kindness shall surround him, be glad in the Lord and rejoice you righteous ones and shout for joy all you who are upright in heart. The wicked have many sorrows. That's what the Lord says there. The sorrows also come to the lives of disobedient Saints, the rain falls on the just and on the unjust. Since both disobedient and obedient will experience trial and tribulation in this world, this side of eternity. So this is not as I said earlier a word of faith message. But when we're walking in obedience and in relationship with God those trials and tribulations we are able to count as blessings in our lives because we see the will and the purpose of God in it. So it is that the Christian who has been cleansed from his sin, he sees the hand of God in those trials and in those difficulties and he may even actually rejoice in them that's through those trials and difficulties God has turned his heart away from his own stubbornness and back to their tenderness of confession and relationship with God and restoration. So confession is a powerful thing. Now remember as we come to close, that confession results in a past that is forgiven, a present that is joyful, and a future that is built on a secure hope in Christ Jesus. And that's a marvelous thing.
So let's just consider for a moment, we mentioned at the start that the heading, if you have a Study Bible of the the psalm, is a Maskil. The meaning of this is that it's a didactic Psalm in its purpose, meaning that it has a teaching purpose. How blessed is he or how spiritually prosperous is he whose transgression is forgiven whose sin is covered how spiritually prosperous is the man to whom the Lord does not multiply iniquity and in whose spirit there is no deceit. So with that, given that this is a teaching Psalm and it has three deliberate pauses in it where we are to reflect at certain points within the psalm. I would ask you, what sins are unconfessed between you and God? What is there that is unconfessed? What is there that you must make right with the Lord? This is a sincere and important question for us all to answer. What must I come before the Lord with? As I seek that joyous fellowship with him as my father who will direct me with the tenderness of his eye, rather than with the severity of a rod. And you know I'm thankful that I have experienced the rod of God's correction in my life but you know I much prefer being in fellowship with and taking the direction of his eye. Hallelujah praise the Lord, a past forgiven, a present joyful, and a future secure. What a wonderful Psalm this really is, it's it's such a tremendous blessing to us and a real encouragement. Because David he was someone who so much was just like us, and you know he struggled with things he was a man subject to his own passions impulsiveness and stubbornness all these kinds of things and that's what God deals with in this this Psalm, and in the closing verses when God speaks to him. So we can find in this some resemblance to ourselves. Our Father we thank you for today. We praise You Lord God that your word is not the sterilised record of insincerity, but instead Lord it is the inspired recording of an engagement between you and humans, And that engagement included many sins, many sins even of those whom you used mightily and so we thank you Father that even David who was in scripture called your friend, failed at many points and Psalm 51 in psalm 32 a record of his response to one such failure. So we praise You Lord this morning help us to learn from this help us to go over these Psalms and really meditate over them to see how you would bless us. Help us Lord to be tender-hearted before you and recognise our sin and confess it to you without delay. In the mighty name of Jesus the Messiah. Amen, praise the Lord.