Daily Devotions for Sunday: by Christina Farris
Psalms 32:1-11 KJV
(1) A Psalm of David, Maschil. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
(2) Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
(3) When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.
(4) For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
(5) I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
(6) For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.
(7) Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
(8) I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
(9) Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
(10) Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.
(11) Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
David is the speaker here until one gets to verse 8. Then God speaks. I think when God speaks it is to the heart and David relays it in the Psalms what God told him to others. If nothing more to establish the hope of forgiveness and salvation through what is spoken from his heart about repentance and sins being forgiven of a righteous man. Sins not imputed on some, because of their desire and their hope to follow after God and his ways. Following God should not be like putting bridle in the horses mouth and the reigns being controlled by God to the point of one’s head being hanked left or right by the reins. A person is not an android where if you type in certain things then it suppose to respond in robotic fashion. God designed us to make choices. Yet one has to ask if those chosen by God like John the Baptist, did he ever have a choice in the matter of his calling. Are their people and angels called by God for God’s eternal purpose that have not a will of their own? David was a king, who had a call on his life. Not since boyhood had David had freedom from his anointing to be king. John the Baptist was anointed from inside his mother womb, never having a choice from his call in ministry.
God gave me a choice to serve or not to serve, I do understand that. My calling from God came probably long before I was ready to receive it. Yet I am imperfect, a sinner like David in regards to the need of a Savior. Through out the Old Testament it is clear God’s word is salvation to man. Without God’s word redemption can not occur. Our sins can not be forgiven without God saying we are righteous by faith. Jesus is the word that became flesh, His call not his own, but a part of God that we will never possess. In fact we are said upon faith in Jesus to be adopted in the family of God. Made joint heirs by faith with Christ Jesus. That is something one has to take on faith. Declaring what God calls righteous by belief. David’s faith was a work in progress. His faith being, believing God’s word and striving in humbleness to follow after God. He confessed daily the faults he understood as sin. Yet he realized there were perhaps sin that he did not confess and God did not correct him on. David was a murder by being the instigator of the plot to kill Bathesheba husband. Yet David was forgiven, but not without a price tag on that sin. He would loose his son that Bathesheba gave birth too out of his lust and murderous heart.
David had to repent to receive forgiveness, yet he found hope when God said he would instruct him. He would teach him. David had found hope with repentance. Found hope through forgiveness. Found hope with chastisement and knew it was better just to confess and forget it. It was better to follow God’s instruction. Not has a mule with a bridle, but as a free person God created that was destine to make mistakes, but some mistakes such as disobedience to God must be repented to receive forgiveness. Adam and Eve repented not. In fact they passed the fault to another. Never taking responsibility for one’s action before God.
David found hope through God word to him, to follow God’s instruction for a way of living. To follow God’s eyes, in other words to follow in God view of things and not in our knowledge and wisdom. As humans we often see things from imperfection to perfection and not from perfection to perfection. There is a middle ground of imperfection even in God’s view. That is where man makes errors and learns from them.. There is sin equally not held against a righteous man, but there is sin that is held against a righteous man. Chastisement is correction from God for sins that are an issue.
Correction on earth is not correction for eternity in the since of the eternal lake of fire that burns continually. David found hope through God’s correction and forgiveness.
God’s mercy is great but without hope of forgiveness no man would see the Lord. And forgiveness can only come through Christ Jesus the Word of God. His declaration that your sins are forgiven. When God says all that look to Jesus will be saved, He meant it. Trust in God’s mercy and grace today. Thank Him today for Christ Jesus who paid the price for our sins. The cross being not only symbolic of God burying our sin with His word and rising us up into victory through belief in His Word, but the price paid for our redemption.
Dear Heavenly Father thank you for your word that declares one is saved through faith, not by works, for our works would fail us. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Daily Bible Verse: Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV
(8) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
(9) Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Daily God’s Promises: John 3:16 KJV
(16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.