Today we come to read a contemplative song of David.
The psalms celebrate God’s forgiveness that comes through confession and repentance. Some interpreters link psalm 32 to David’s sin with Bathsheba after Nathan had exposed his transgression, but the king certainly had other failings. Even if we do not associate this psalm with any personal transgression by David, it serves well as a model confession for those who are painfully aware of their sin.
When David kept silent, he felt like his bones became brittle through his groaning all day long.
Though he also felt that the Elohim was looking at him and that for day and night God’s Hand was heavy upon him. His strength was drained as in the droughts of summer.
“3 When I kept silence, my bones wasted away Through my groaning all the day long. 4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: My moisture was changed as with the drought of summer. [[Selah” (Ps 32:3-4 ASV)
For some time David had kept silent, but it did not help him. The longer he kept silence, the worse it got and his anguish increased.
“ I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; And my sorrow was stirred.” (Ps 39:2 ASV)
David his life leaked away, being consumed by anguish and his years by groaning. His troubles had worn him out, his strength failed because of his affliction, whilst he grew weak. David his energy (vitality, strength) was drained away as with the burning heat of summer. We too can feel very weak and distressed.
“ For my life is spent with sorrow, And my years with sighing: My strength faileth because of mine iniquity, And my bones are wasted away.” (Ps 31:10 ASV)
“ I am faint and sore bruised: I have groaned by reason of the disquietness of my heart.” (Ps 38:8 ASV)
Then came the moment that David saw how he had covered his transgression. (Hiding his iniquity in his bosom.) He became ready to tell his story of failure, to no longer smug in his sin. Confessing his iniquity he was hoping that by admitting his sins his heavenly Father would not let him down. He was assured that God would be true to Himself and would forgive his sins, purging him of all wrongdoing.
“ I acknowledged my sin unto thee, And mine iniquity did I not hide: I said, I will confess my transgressions unto Jehovah; And thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. [[Selah” (Ps 32:5 ASV)
“ For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.” (Ps 38:18 ASV)
“ He that covereth his transgressions shall not prosper: But whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall obtain mercy.” (Pr 28:13 ASV)
For this reason, all who obey the Elohim Hashem Jehovah God should pray. Let all who are devoted to the Most High Elohim speak honestly to the Hashem. When people pray to Jehovah in a time when He is near and may be found, He shall be listening. But then they may not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding, and must be held in with a whip for the horse, a bridle for the ass, and a rod for the back of fools (Pr 26:3).
“9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding; Whose trappings must be bit and bridle to hold them in, Else they will not come near unto thee. 10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he that trusteth in Jehovah, lovingkindness shall compass him about.” (Ps 32:9-10 ASV)
Having God as our hiding place we shall be able to rejoice.
“ Thou art my hiding-place; Thou wilt preserve me from trouble; Thou wilt compass me about with songs of deliverance. [[Selah” (Ps 32:7 ASV)
“ Be glad in Jehovah, and rejoice, ye righteous; And shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.” (Ps 32:11 ASV)
The good-hearted people should make praise their habit, showing their trust in the God Almighty Who knows everything and every one (inside-out). Seeing the Righteous God in action we have all the reason to be pleased and to let our happiness known to others. So, God’s people, shout praise Jehovah God, give thanks to our Holy God!
“ The righteous shall be glad in Jehovah, and shall take refuge in him; And all the upright in heart shall glory.” (Ps 64:10 ASV)
“ But let the righteous be glad; let them exult before God: Yea, let them rejoice with gladness.” (Ps 68:3 ASV)
“ Be glad in Jehovah, ye righteous; And give thanks to his holy memorial name.” (Ps 97:12 ASV)
“ My shield is with God, Who saveth the upright in heart.” (Ps 7:10 ASV)