Saturday, November 23, 2013

Psalm 32

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. [Psalm 32:8 – 9].

The psalm begins with the blessedness of forgiveness – How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered! How blessed is the man to whom Yahweh does not impute iniquity… This is a blessedness beyond comprehension, that God forgives those who once hated Him and who were in rebellion against Him; that God forgives those who, even after coming to Him, sin and refuse to obey Him times without number. Thank God for the promise that if we confess our sins He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Yet the Christian life is more than the blessedness of forgiveness, for the blessedness of forgiveness is to lead to the blessedness of intimacy with God, it is to lead to an intimacy in which His thoughts become our thoughts and His ways our ways; we are to have the heart and mind of Christ as we live in Him and He lives in us. While the horse and mule may need external bit and bridle to guide them, the sons and daughters of the living God are to be led by the Spirit of God (Romans 8:14) as the spirit of adoption (Romans 8:15) resonates in their hearts; our spirit and the Spirit of God join together in proclamation that we are children of God; we are no longer slaves to sin and this world, nor are we horses or mules; we are the daughters and sons of the living God learning the ways of our Father and Lord Jesus, becoming one with the Trinity and one with each other in the Trinity.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Let us ask our Father to help us see and hear Him today, to sense His presence and the guidance of His Spirit of wisdom and knowledge; let us ask Him to help us see and understand by the eye of His Spirit – let us live today in the koinonia of the Trinity.

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