by: Wesley Thomas
Verse of the Day, March 24, 2020
Psalm 32:8–9 (NASB95)
“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.”
Some mornings, when I stopped by my daddy’s, he would ask me to put the horses in the pasture, above his house. Some horses would voluntarily follow behind me. Some horses would have to be haltered and led, or they would run off, causing the other horses to follow. God reminds us this morning, that there are two kinds of people; those who follow and those who are restrained from running away. Will you freely follow Jesus today or will you have to be haltered and kept in check?
Once the horses were in the pasture, they ran and played, in the safety of the fence. God wants us to confess (agree with him) when we rebel and refuse to follow his instructions. When we ask Jesus to forgive us, He removes the emotional, physical, and social restaints guilt has placed upon us.
In Psalm 32 King David thanks God that confession leads to a celebration (32:1-2, 11). David reminds us that sin causes emotional, physical, and social sickness (32:3-4). Do you ever wonder if the morality of society continually worsens because we do not acknowledge (confess) our sin and ask forgiveness? David said, when he acknowledged his rebellion, God removed his guilt. Confessing rebellion against God’s instruction leads to a clean heart. We all know the areas of our life where we rebel against God, disobey his word and try to hide the guilt of our sin. Conceit makes us sick; confession makes us celebrate.
Lord Jesus, 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” (Psalm 32:6–7). “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” (Psalm 32:5).
Lord, Thank you that I am no longer “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.” Forgive me and instruct me and teach me in the way which you should go; please counsel me with your eye upon me. Today, I will be glad, rejoice, and shout for joy, because you have made my heart upright in your sight (32:11). In Jesus’ name, amen.