David: The Song of a Soul Set Free

One day the generals of King David's cabinet made their way to the palace. They walked the cobbled streets up the winding way to the palace, as they did each morning.  

Arriving at the huge stone citadel they expected to be dismissed again by the frustrated and depressed King of Israel. His chambers were usually shuttered and silent, unlike the old days when he was up at the dawn . . . but before they could get any further—the sound of the sweet songs of David stunned them. One by one with incredulous faces they looked up. 

There he was. The sweet psalmist of Israel, perched on the steps of his throne, harp in hand, his face tilted reverently upward, the tears streaming down his face. He was back. David was back, and so was his song. 

Like a spring gushing up in a parched desert, the generals dropped to the floor to drink from the river of worship again flowing from David’s heart. Like the days of old their hearts began to burn again with adoring love to God.  

Work was set aside, worship was their passion. Soon workers, servants, aides, guests, nobles, all took their places in the court of God's king.  

David got his song back.

God has told us that when He moves to live within us by His Spirit—outward evidences will begin to be seen. Paul describes one of those evidences twice in his epistles to the church. Please open there with me to Ephesians 5. 

Ephesians 5:19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, NKJV

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. NKJV

Wonderful as the Spirit flowing through us may be, when grieved or quenched—the spring of our soul and the song that results, dries up.  

Ephesians 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  NKJV

1 Thessalonians 5:19 Do not quench the Spirit. NKJV

That is what we saw happened when David was hiding his sin. The consequence David experienced because of the Lord’s displeasure at his sin in II Samuel 11:27 was that he lost his song. God was grieved with David’s sin. The Spirit of God was quenched, snuffed out and doused with the deadening effects of David’s sin. 

But David’s heart, touched by God’s grace—responds with confession and repentance. 

Before we turn to Psalm 32, we are opening to the song the marked the return of the rivers of living water to the soul David. The man after God’s own heart has returned. The joy is back, the peace is back, the fellowship is renewed, and the songs begin to flow again. But we must never forget—the consequences continued. 

And what a song it must have been. It was the song of a soul set free. This Psalm may capture that initial gratitude of liberation David must have felt. Psalm 32 is his testimony at the relief of forgiveness.  

But to really experience the wonder of David’s deliverance from the vice grip of sin open with me to that climactic moment when God gave back to David His joy, His peace and His new song! Turn again to II Samuel 11:27. 

Swollen with the putrid puss of sin David’s wounded soul throbbed with the long incubated infection of self-righteousness.  

One day when that crushing weight of sin brought David to near collapse, God sent his word to confront David. In walked the prophet Nathan who said what God told him to say. 

The Consequences of Sin

Look at the report in 2 Samuel 11:27-12:14.  

What a horrible thing sin is. It deceives with all those glittering promises. It destroys with deadly accuracy. When you have been defeated David is inspired of God to tell us steps we can take to come back to God. 

Let’s look at what happens when David confessed and forsook his sins the way God wanted him to. This is what will happen in our lives when we look at sin the way God wants us to look at sin. That record is in Psalm 32 our focus for this message. 

David has just repented of the horrible pit of sin he had been covering up for weeks and months. That is where we find him in Psalm 32. He writes the song about what it means to return to God and receive and experience and to possess His forgiveness- "The Song of a soul set free”  

Psalm 32

Look at the divisions of this Psalm; First of all- 

1.      David sings with DELIGHT when his SINS WERE CLEANSED. He says this:  

v.1-2 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit.

2.      David sings in DESPAIR when he remembers what it was like when his SINS WERE CONCEALED.   

v. 3-4  When I kept silent, my bones grew old Through my groaning all the daylong. 4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah

You see David was on the same road as Saul when he covered his sin. He was sliding damnably downward. But God intercepted him, just as God intercepted Saul, God pointed the finger of His Word at his sin and Saul concealed it and excused it and David exposes it and confessed it. That’s the critical difference between these two men.  

3.      David sings of DELIVERANCE. He delighted that his sins were cleansed. He despaired when they were concealed. But he was delivered when his SINS WERE CONFESSED.  

v.5-7 I acknowledged my sin to You,  And my iniquity I have not hidden.  I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah 6 For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You In a time when You may be found;  Surely in a flood of great waters They shall not come near him. 7 You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah

That’s why 1 John says a characteristic of a truly born again person is that they are confessing their sins. They are constantly agreeing with God, constantly exposing themselves to God’s holy sight and saying--God before you I am naked and open. You can see me and I confess my sinfulness.  

When we do that, when we don’t cover it, we can prosper. But when we cover our sins—you know God sees them when we try and hide them—He says you will never prosper.  

4.      David sings about his DESIRE that his SINFUL WAYS BE CRUSHED and that his sinful ways be abated.  

v.8-11 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;  I will guide you with My eye. 9 Do not be like the horse or like the mule,  Which have no understanding,  Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle,  Else they will not come near you. 10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him. 11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

Let’s go deeper into each of these four divisions of Psalm 32. Maybe it will encourage you to spend a lot of time in it.  You can find this entire message by copying and pasting the following address into your internet browser:

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