“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Psalm 32, “Blessed Is He Whose Transgression Is Forgiven,” III

Christian Living

“Seeking For Me,”  Rosetta Tharpe

Psalm 32 – A Wisdom Psalm, is also one of the great penitential psalms.  It is generally believed that this Psalm—like Psalm 51—has it origin in David’s response to God following his infamous affair with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11).  Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary.  

Maschil – A Song Enforcing Some Lesson of Wisdom or Piety (Religious or Reverence).

Transgression – Sin

Iniquity – Immoral Behavior, Wickedness, Sin

Selah – To Praise, or Pause and Reflect

 “Blessed Is He Whose Transgression Is Forgiven,” lll, Psalm 32:8) I Will Instruct Thee And Teach Thee In The Way Which Thou Shalt Go:  I Will Guide Thee With Mine Eye.  Isaiah 48:17.  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 (or lest they come not unto thee).  10) Many sorrows shall be to the wicked:  but he that Trusteth In The Lord, Mercy Shall Compass him About.  Proverbs 13:21.  11) Be Glad In The Lord, And Rejoice, Ye Righteous:  And Shout For Joy, All ye that Are Upright In Heart. 

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v8, 9, I Will Instruct You:  The Lord “Comes Into The Psalm” To Instruct The People.  He Exhorts The People Not To Be Like A Horse that will not go where its rider wants it to go; it has to be disciplined because it is stubborn.  God Does Not Want To Muzzle or Bridle His People Like A Horse.  He Expects His People To Respond Promptly To Him Of Their Own Accord.  v10,11, The psalmist resumes his song by contrasting the many sorrows of the wicked with The Joy Of The Forgiven Sinner.  He then calls for all the Righteous to join him in Public Praise Of The Wonder Of God’s Mercy.

Quest Study Bible – v9, “Does God Sometimes Control Us Like A Horse Or Mule?”  No.  This graphic image looks at human response, Not God’s Methods.  It acknowledges that people can be stubborn as mules, but does not imply That God Forces Them To Go Against Their Will.  He Offers Instruction And Counsel (v. 8), Not Spiritual Coercion (bit and bridle).  God Wants Our Willing Trust And Obedience.  At the same time, however, God Is Still Sovereign.  See “Does God Sometimes Frustrate People’s Plans?”  (33:10).

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v8-11, God Teaches By His Word, And Guides With The Secret Intimations (The Action of Making Something Known) Of His Will.  David Gives A Word Of Caution To Sinners.  The Reason For This Caution is That The Way Of Sin Will Certainly End In Sorrow.  Here Is A Word Of Comfort To Saints.  They may See That A Life Of Communion With God Is Far The Most Pleasant And Comfortable.  Let Us Rejoice,  O Lord Jesus, In Thee, And In Thy Salvation; SO SHALL WE REJOICE INDEED!  Amen.   


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