"Continuation for Psalms 31; Pray in view of Psalms 20."
"A Psalm of David, Maschil."
This Bible Study is is provided by http://www.theseason.org/ and shared with permission from the author R. Christopherson
"Maschil" meaning "giving instruction". This Psalms 32 is the first of thirteen Maschil Psalms. This was thought to be in a musical sense, but there were very few that were thought to be able to sing or play it. However in the teaching sense, it is just the same, for there are very few that can understand its deep teaching.
Psalms 32:1 "Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered."
Do you understand that there is only one thing that forgives sin, and causes sin to be covered? That is the blood of Christ.
Psalms 32:2 "Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no guile."
The word "iniquity" as used here deals with "sin in the nature, rather than breaches of the law of God in act"; such as through perverseness. So this reads; "Blessed is the man who the Lord imputeth not sins in nature, and in whose spirit there is no guile." God knows that the natural man is weak and easy to fall into temptation, and this should be a comfort to you, when you understand that God knows our weaknesses. It is still not excuse for allowing ourselves to yield to sin, but when we do, there is forgiveness through the blood of Christ, in repentance.
Psalms 32:3 "When I kept silence, my bones waxed old Through my roaring all the day long."
Kept silent from the confusion that was going on around me.
Psalms 32:4 "For day and night Thy hand was heavy upon me: My moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah."
Many times you could have felt that your very soul was being dried out, and there was nothing to go on to. Like there was not much to live for, as nothing seemed to be going your way. Then after this statement, we have "Selah", and of course it means, stop and think for a moment as to what was said before you continue. Think for a moment, and review Psalm 20. This "Selah" then connects Jacob's trouble and it gives the conviction with the confession to which it led to repentance. The confession must come before the repentance. Stop and think of the trouble that you are in, because you are all dried out. Then it is time for your confession, and setting the record straight before God. Not to a man, but to the Father in Jesus name. When you feel like you are at bottoms end, that is the time to speak and confess to Father and get back on the right track. This is what we are to stop and think about. God's love and tender protection comes to you at this time of confession.
Psalms 32:5 "I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, "I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord;" And Thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah."
When I acknowledge my sin to God, that is confession; and don't try to hide anything from Father. Just the effort of hiding sin will dry you out. When you or I confess those sins to the Lord, He takes them from us, and they are gone for ever. It is forgiven and over, and joy will come over you. Again we have Selah, stop and think a moment. Stop and think of the joy that enters into you when those sins are forgiven. Then after you stop and think of what the Lord has done for you, comes prayer and praise to Him for that forgiveness. Don't just cry out to the Lord when things are not going well, but when the joy comes, thank Him for His love and protection.
Psalms 32:6 "For this shall every one that is godly pray unto Thee in a time when Thou mayest be found: Surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him."
Did you get what this is saying, after you have repented and were forgiven, you just do not have to worry about anything. God will protect you and give you joy in your life. God is my sword and shield and refuge in time of trouble.
Psalms 32:7 "Thou art my hiding place; Thou shalt preserve me from trouble: Thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah."
This is telling you that you do not have to worry about the time of Jacob's trouble. If you know the promises and the power of our God, why would you worry at all about the trouble that is coming upon the earth. God is not against you, but against His enemies of these end times. Another "Selah", another connecting point bringing together this worship and praise with the further instruction and guidance which is about to be given. Stop and think for a moment. We are going to receive more truth dealing with the times we live in.
Psalms 32:8 "I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with Mine eye."
The way that Father will instruct us and teach us is in His path. God can see that path you are trying to follow, and He sees those rocks and obstructions that you will face before you even get to them. Father has His eye on you every moment of the day. Father understand what you are going through, and what it take to get through each day of our life. That is why we live one day at a time, one step at a time, and praise him for each day that we have lived. Do you trust the path that Father is leading you through His Spirit, by His Word? The worry leaves when our faith increases in His Word: When we believe that the protection is there for us. That is His promise to you, He will be the eye into the troubled future that you cannot see.
Psalms 32:9 "Be ye not as the house, or as the mule, which have on understanding: Whose mouth must be held in with a bit and bridle, Lest they come near unto thee."
The horse and the mule are stubborn and need the bit and bridle to bring them under control. They may have understanding of natural things of their life, but no understanding of spiritual things. The horse and the mule has to be told every step that they make, and we are not to be that way. God doesn't want to rule your life in every step you take, for remember He said, I placed you in a large room, and gave you freedom to walk anywhere in that room. God is not going to drive you anywhere, but he wants you to set the course for your own life, and not be troubled with you life. There is a big difference between the sheep and the horse, for the sheep know the voice of the Shepherd, and follow obediently to their master.
Sure, sometimes it becomes necessary for God to step in and change the course of our life, for our own sake. When you allow yourself to sink deep into sin in your life, some tragedy will come into your life to set you back on course. God doesn't like to do that you anyone, but sometimes it just has to be done. But Father wants to give you the freedom to step out on your own, and He will be there to guide you.
Psalms 32:10 "Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: But he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about."
Notice that these sorrows are aimed at the wicked, not to you as one of God's own. If you say you can trust God, than show it, but acting on the promises within His Word. Mercy of God is when you believe and know those promises He has given you, and you act upon them in your life. God means everything He says, and you can trust Him for those mercies.
Psalms 32:11 "Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: And shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart."
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