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Do Not Be As the Horse Or As the Mule

September 14, 2014

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Do Not Be  As the Horse  Or As the Mule

King David   was well beloved  by the LORD  because David always looked  to the LORD  for his strength  and protection.     David also had a heart  that was filled  with thanksgiving  and praise.     So,  David’s faith was very pleasing  to the LORD.     But,  there was something even more  about David  that made the LORD love him.     Psalm 32 reveals it.     It’s about David’s trust  in the LORD  regarding  the sins  in his life.     The whole Psalm  is well worth studying  and applying  to our personal lives.     Some verses say,

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!      Verses 1-2

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.       Verse 5

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.       Verse 9

Without God’s forgiveness,  we are definitely lost  and condemned forever.      There is nothing more awful.      It is so good  to get rid  of the burden  of all our guilt,  so David writes,  “How blessed  is he  whose transgression is forgiven”.     We all need  to realize  “how blessed”  it is  to have our sins “forgiven”.     We don’t have to be  slinking around,  hoping to get  into heaven  by hook  or by crook,  without being noticed.

Much rather,  we need  to be like David  and say,  “I will confess  my transgressions  to the LORD”.     That is the sure way  to receive God’s mercy  and forgiveness.     We need  to know  that God already knows  our every little hidden sin  —  our thoughts,  desires,  and feelings.     We aren’t hiding  a single thing  from Him  by not confessing.     When we hide our sins  from God,  all we’re showing  is a lack  of faith,  hope,  and love.

When David says,  Do not be as the horse  or as the mule  which have no understanding,”  he  is telling us  to not put God  into the position  of having  to force us  into admitting our sins.     God doesn’t want  to have  to make life tough for us  so that we have to be  severely disciplined  before we finally give up  and admit our sins.

We can have a much better relationship  with our Creator,  Sustainer,  and Redeemer  by readily admitting our sins  and humbly asking  for the forgiveness we sorely need.     Then,  with relief,  we can say  with David  in verse 11,

Be glad  in the LORD  and rejoice,  you righteous ones;
And shout  for joy,  all you who are upright  in heart.

In the peace  of God’s everlasting mercy,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You for taking our sins away  in Christ Jesus.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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