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In the Way Which You Should Go

April 14, 2019

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In the Way Which You Should Go

Psalm 32 was written by David  and was about admitting his need  to repent  because his unrepented sins  were wearing him down.    For a long time  he stubbornly  hid his sins  but his guilt  was more than he could bear.     When David finally confessed  and asked for forgiveness,  the LORD gladly  took away all his sin  and let him know  that his soul was preserved because he was surely delivered.

Then,  God’s word came  to David,  teaching him  about his life.     In Psalm 32:8-11,  we read,

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.    
Many are the sorrows  of the wicked;    
But  he who trusts  in the LORD,  lovingkindness  shall surround him.    
Be glad  in the LORD  and rejoice you  righteous ones,    
And shout for joy  all you  who are upright  in heart.

Because David finally broke down  and confessed his sins,  our LORD was more than willing  to instruct  and teach him — to keep him  from getting into such big-time trouble again.     In the very same way,  when we humbly turn  to God,  admitting our sins,  our heavenly Father is then able  to counsel us  and keep a close watch over us.     Confession draws us close  to the heart of God,  so that He might  cleanse us.

God warns David  to not be stubborn any more.     Our Lord  wants us  to be willingly obedient  in confessing our sins,  so that He may forgive us sooner.     We all sin,  no matter who we are.     So,  we are all  always in need  of a repentant heart.    God does not want  to have to hog-tie us  and push our sins  in our face  to make us fess up.     No matter what we do  to hide our sins — and no matter how we cringe  at needing  to repent,  God already knows  about everything.     Nothing is hidden  from His all-knowing eyes.

Confession is really good for us  because it relieves us  of all the pressures  of our burdens  of sin.     So,  when God wants us  to confess our sins,  He is only asking us  to give our own souls  the relief we need.     That’s how He created us.     We were created  to need food,  water,  rest,  exercise,  sunshine,  shelter,  and all the necessities of life.     Confession is good  for our body and soul — David knew it.

That’s why God said,  “Many are the sorrows  of the wicked;  but he who trusts  in the LORD,  lovingkindness shall surround him.”     Trusting in the LORD  is the exact opposite  of the stubbornness  of refusing  to repent of our sins.     One brings happiness  and the other bitter pains.    

David was so glad  to be set right again.    That’s why he sang this song.     The freedom of being in a right relationship  with the LORD  made everything fill up  with joy and relief.     Life was good again.

In our confession  to our LORD,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     My Savior,  blessed is Your faithfulness  in loving me  and patiently waiting for me  to confess all my sins.     In You  truly is life — even here on earth.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

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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