This morning as I read Psalm 32, I was struck by the most amazing gift. As with all gifts Jesus gives freely, it is shared by him in the intimacy of relationship. Few receive it because they don’t have a heart to care for the gift, nor are they willing to take the time to listen for it. It is the gift of his song over us! Read below, but don’t pass through verses 1-6 quickly, for they give the clue as to how to receive this special gift; but also please take special note in verse 7 below of the sweetness of the of the melody God chooses to sing.
Psalm 32, verse 1-7:
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. (italics are mine)
How often have we ever considered that God sings over us? It reminds me of when my son was small, and I would sing to him as he played outside in the dirt, or as I sung to him at night as he drifted off to sleep. To think that the God of the Universe would sing over me!
I don’t sing for just anyone – not the songs I sang to my son. Those were times of intimacy between mother and son. Times when I was speaking peace and rest to his soul. Times when I wanted him to know I was close by, and because of this could feel safe and secure. So, too, our God sings over his own children, reminding them that he is close by, and they can go about their day wrapped in his peace and calm.
It is hard to sing to a child who is angry with you and choosing to be rebellious toward you. So, we see in the earliest part of this Psalm, that David had done something that harmed his relationship with God. God had not left him, but David’s actions had brought distance between them. Over time, the distance began to eat at David, as he missed the intimacy of their fellowship – and at some point, David realized that he was the one at fault, and needed to seek out God’s forgiveness. God, is quick to forgive and restore, and so once David sought out God’s forgiveness, confessing his wrong against God, he found their relationship restored. We would expect David to rejoice, and we see so. Yet, here we get a glimpse of God’s response – he comforts David with a song of deliverance. Then in verses 8-11, we find God lovingly correcting his son (and us), ending with David’s response to God’s loving instruction:
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. (italics once again mine)
11 Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous;
sing, all you who are upright in heart!
Note too, in verse 10 that which upholds the melody of the song God sings – the surrounding of his unfailing love. It’s all in relationship.
Jesus, may I stay close to you, and may I have a heart that is right with you so that I can hear your song sung over me. Please.