Thursday, December 30, 2010

Psalm 32

1 Blessed is the one 

whose transgressions are forgiven, 

whose sins are covered.

2 Blessed is the one 

whose sin the LORD does not count against them 

and in whose spirit is no deceit.

3 When I kept silent, 

my bones wasted away 

through my groaning all day long. 

4 For day and night 

your hand was heavy on me; 
my strength was sapped 

as in the heat of summer.
5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you 

and did not cover up my iniquity. 

I said, “I will confess 

my transgressions to the LORD.” 

And you forgave 
 the guilt of my sin.

6 Therefore let all the faithful pray to you 

while you may be found; 
surely the rising of the mighty waters 

will not reach them.

7 You are my hiding place; 

you will protect me from trouble 

and surround me with songs of deliverance.

8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;

 I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. 

9 Do not be like the horse or the mule, 

which have no understanding 
but must be controlled by bit and bridle 

or they will not come to you.

10 Many are the woes of the wicked, 

but the LORD’s unfailing love 

surrounds the one who trusts in him.
11 Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous; 

sing, all you who are upright in heart!

Questions to consider:

  • How does verse 1 capture the main idea of the psalm?
  • Who appears to be speaking in verses 8-9? What is the command?
  • How have you been like a horse or a mule recently?
  • What sin in your life needs to be confessed so that you can rejoice?
Possibilities for prayer:

As was brought up in the questions section, it seems as though God is speaking in verses 8 and 9--offering instruction that we can apply in our lives. Ponder the way (or ways) that you have been like a horse or mule in your life that was brought up in the questions section. Take some time to confess and repent of that thing and ask for forgiveness today. After doing so, try asking God for wisdom in how to avoid those behaviors in the future.