Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 at 2:27 am

Day Three: Don’t be like a horse or mule! (You are a sheep, after all.)

Psalm 32

1 Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. 2 Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.
3 When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.
5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity.I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.
6 Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them. 7 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. 9 Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. 10 Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him. 11 Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!

When God forgave our sins by Jesus’ work on the cross, He brought us into a whole new reality:
Now, He may be found by us (v. 7) and we can live as those who are instructed by Him in the way we should go, with His loving eye upon us (v.8). Now, we don’t have to be like we once were - without understanding of God and guided only by painful things and life circumstances (v.9). Rather, we can be those who trust Him with all of who we are and are surrounded by His unfailing love (v. 10).

Today, let’s hear the Lord’s direction to us - to not be the old way, but to live as the forgiven ones who trust in Him. Let’s thank Him for this forgiveness, and enter into the reality of His forgiveness fresh and new. And let’s pray for all His righteous ones - His church - today, that we will be those who rejoice in Him and walk upright in heart.

- BR

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