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Psalm 32 (2nd)

Therefore let everyone who is faithful pray to You while You may be found; surely when the
mighty waters rise, they will not reach Him. You are my hiding place; You will protect me from
trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. (6-7)
After reviewing the anguish of self-deceit, unconfessed sin, and the heavy hand of Gods
conviction (1-4), David rejoices in the relief of true repentance by saying: I will confess my
transgression to the Lord, and then says to God: You forgave the guilt of my sin (5)
He then continues in his prayer by encouraging everyone who is faithful pray to You while
You may be found (6), for God reveals Himself to those who earnestly seek Him (You will
seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13)
Is there a time when the mighty waters rise that they will not reach Him? When hearts are
hardened toward God by continuous disbelief and disobedience, there comes a point when
repentance is not possible not because God is unmerciful but because sin is blinding (2 Cor
The Pharisees demonstrated this attitude by rejecting Jesus and refusing to acknowledge His
works as the obvious acts of God (preaching the Gospel, healing the sick, and raising the dead)
Instead they illogically and ridiculously concluded this power was not from God but came from
Beelzebub, the prince of demons (Matthew 12:24)
Jesus referred to this as blasphemy of the Spirit (Mat 12:32) the eternal sin (Mark 3:29)
They were much like Pharaoh who received Gods revelation through Moses Pharaohs
continuous self-assertion and rejection of God resulted in a hardened heart (Exodus 7:13,
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over
you. 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. Many are the woes of the wicked but the Lords
unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in Him. Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you
righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart! (8-11)
In his praise to God, David says what he perceives God is saying in his own heart he is not
speaking for God, but encouraged himself in the Lord just as he did at Ziglag (I Samuel 30:6)
He reminds himself of how God consistently and faithfully works in his life, saying of God: I
will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over
As has been said: The best teaching and counseling is simply reminding . . .
This was how David courageously faced the giant Goliath he remembered past victories God
had given him: The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will
rescue me from the hand of this Philistine (I Samuel 17:37)
David refuses to be like a beast of burden who only responds to the pain of a bit and bridle,
but instead wants to respond to Gods discipline and to hear His still small voice (I Kings
A disciple becomes sensitive to his Masters voice, rather than the fool who only responds to
the bit (A whip for horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the fools back Proverbs 26:3)
David often reminds himself in his prayer and praise that there is a sharp contrast between the
wicked and the righteous but clearly the righteous is the man who trusts in Him

There is no conflict between Davids understanding of salvation and the New Testament
teaching of salvation by grace through faith (Eph 2:8) and belief rather than achievement
(Rom 9:32)
The righteous are simply those who trust in Him and the wicked are those who assert
themselves over God as did Pharaoh The wicked will not stand in the judgment; the Lord
watches over the way of the righteous but the way of the wicked leads to destruction (Psalm