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Discover the Book - June 25, 2007

  • 2007 Jun 25
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David: The Song of a Soul Set Free

Psalm 32

Part 3 continued from June 24th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David sang a song of DESPAIR when his SINS WERE CONCEALED.

 

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

 

David’s Concealed sin sickened him “v. 3 When I kept silent, my bones grew old” Now that’s a Biblical concept. Sin sickens Christians. Sin- God’s chastisement- sickens Christians. Every time you get sick doesn’t mean you have committed a specific sin. All sickness and decay and old age is because of the curse. I was reading an article in Time Magazine about the great mysteries of the world. They said aging is a great mystery. At the age of 30, our DNA starts replicating in a little program that doesn’t let the enzyme production continue at such a way as to utterly renew our body. Actually at the age of 30 we start dying. You have heard that you start dying from birth- actually, genetically in the protein and enzyme production it is at the age of 30- there is a genetic snap and we start going down. Now I really feel old because I am past 30! But you know he says that sin will sicken us. Scientists don’t understand why it does that- if we could get in there and tinker around we could live forever. Our bodies wouldn’t wear out, we would just go in there and we would change that and what they don’t realize is that that’s sin, the Fall, the Curse makes us decline and degenerate. But even before 30 at any time if we will conceal our sins it sickens us.

 

§         David’s Concealed sin saddened him “Through my groaning all the day long”

§         David’s Concealed sin burdened him “4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;”

§         David’s Concealed sin stifled him “My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah” (like sun parched brown grass when it’s 120 degrees in the desert. He says I was totally sapped. But look at verse 5-

 

David sang a song of DELIVERANCE when his SINS WERE CONFESSED v. 5-7

 

Psalm 32:5-7 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. 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. NKJV

 

David took personal responsibility for the sin. Unlike Saul who we saw blamed his sin on everyone else but himself.

 

v.5 “I acknowledged my sin to You”

 

David acknowledged God's ability to see all things and that nothing was hidden from Him. Just like Joseph who in the moment of temptation cried out to the God who saw him in Genesis 39.

 

v.5b “And my iniquity I have not hidden”

 

David acknowledged God’s desire to forgive and cleanse away his sins.

 

v.5c “I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”

 

There were thousands of priests in Israel but he didn’t look up any priests. He said I want to talk to You, God. God wants to hear us and forgive us. Finally in verse 5 it says-

 

David acknowledged God's power alone to completely remove sin .

 

v.5d “And You forgave the iniquity of my sin”. And he punctuates it with a Selah

 

David acknowledged his great opportunity, as he understood the Lord is Approachable; he says WOW, God I can come to You. You are an approachable God.

 

v. 6 For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You In a time when You may be found;”

 

David understood the Lord is worthy of our trust. God, when it looks like everything is just swirling around me, I can trust You.

 

v.6b “Surely in a flood of great waters They shall not come near him.”

 

Now he understood he could rest in the Lord anywhere. Isn’t that neat to be able to rest in the Lord?

 

v. 7 “You are my hiding place, you shall preserve me from trouble”

 

Now he understood he could delight in the Lord. And he punctuates that with another Selah. He says WOW, the blessing that comes from You, O God.

 

v.7b “You shall surround me with songs of deliverance”.

 

David’s Song of DESIRE that his SINFUL WAYS BE CRUSHED v. 8-11

 

Psalm 32:8-11 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! NKJV

 

David now longs God YOU LEAD ME “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide (counsel) you with My eye upon you.” David longs- he says God You lead me, I blew it, I can’t do it my self. When I was running the show I was sinning. When You run the show, you bring holiness. God You lead me.

 

David now longs God YOU GUARD ME “v. 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.” Guard me, God. I don’t want to be hard and stubborn and rebellious. Guard me from that. He continues- he says teach me--

 

David now longs God YOU TEACH ME “v. 10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked;” Teach me that when sin looks alluring--- Allan Petersen wrote an interesting book called the Myth of The Greener Grass. It was a book that chronicled key Christians in the last 50 years who had given up the power of God and the blessing of God in their ministry in order to go off to the greener grass. You know, it is just tragic to hear about another man who is willing to give up the blessings of God, the power of God, the intimacy with God to pursue a fleeting pleasure that lasts for a moment if that long. The book of Proverbs 20:17 says: But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel. Proverbs 9:17 says-17"Stolen water is sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant." Sin gives pleasure for an instant. Don’t let anybody tell you that sin isn’t fun but it’s only fun for a moment then the venom and the dregs and the poison of guilt and remorse and destroyed lives follow. David says teach me, remind me that sorrows will be to the wicked. Continuing in verse 10-

 

David now longs God YOU SURROUND ME “But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him.” He says Lord, I am not sure I can make it alone, surround me like the bodyguards around the President. I can still remember the pictures of the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. Remember how those Secret Service men just dove on him? They tackled him, they surrounded him. And if fallen, sinful humans will have that great of a desire to protect someone, God says I want to surround you. I want to clothe you with Christ (Romans 13:14- But put on the Lord Jesus Christ) I want you to put on Christ, I want you to put on My armor. I am going to surround you, I am going to guard you.

 

David now longs God YOU FILL ME “v. 11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!” You know, that is what God will do when we sin.

 

David nicely summarizes this Psalm with the use of an emphasis word SELAH. In today’s language it mean, “Hey, look at this!”

 

Psalm 32:1-11 A Psalm of David. A Contemplation.

 

Psalm 32:1-4 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit. When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah [God convicted me]

 

Psalm 32:5 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 [God heard my confession]

 

Psalm 32:6-7 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. You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah [God offers me refuge]

 

Psalm 32:8-11 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! NKJV [God will keep me]

 

What David experienced was #201 in your hymnbook. What Saul didn’t experience was #201 in your hymnbook. I want you to think about these words as we read them together.

 

Marvelous grace of our loving Lord,

Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt!

Yonder on Calvary's mount outpoured,

There where the blood of the Lamb was spilt.

 

Sin and despair, like the sea waves cold,

Threaten the soul with infinite loss;

Grace that is greater, yes, grace untold,

Points to the refuge, the mighty cross.

Dark is the stain that we cannot hide.

What can avail to wash it away?

Look! There is flowing a crimson tide,

Brighter than snow you may be today.

 

Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,

Freely bestowed on all who believe!

You that are longing to see his face,

Will you this moment his grace receive?

 

Refrain:

Grace, grace, God's grace,

Grace that will pardon and cleanse within;

Grace, grace, God's grace,

Grace that is greater than all our (MY) sin!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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