Advent, Day 7
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! As you read below, don’t pass through verses 1-6 quickly, for they give the clue as to how we can receive this special gift. And please take special note of verse 7 below–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 God sings over us? It reminds me when my son was small. I would sing to him as he played outside in the dirt, or at night as he drifted off to sleep. To think the God of the Universe sings 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 spoke peace and rest to his soul. Times when I wanted him to know I was nearby, making him feel safe and secure. So, too, our God sings over us, reminding us he is nearby, allowing us to go about our day wrapped in his peace.
It’s hard to sing to a child alienated by anger and rebellion.
In the earliest part of this Psalm, David had done something that alienated him from his Father. God hadn’t left him, but David’s actions had brought distance. Over time, the distance ate at David, as he missed the intimacy of their fellowship. At some point, David realized he was the one at fault, and needed to seek out God’s forgiveness. God, quick to restore, welcomed David with open arms once he turned from his rebellion and called out to God to forgive. Understandably, David felt the joy of their reunion. But don’t miss God’s response to the reunion–he sang a song to comfort his son.
David finishes this Psalm in verses 8-11. In this portion, we find God lovingly encouraging his son (and us) toward future obedience, followed by David’s response of joy!
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 – his unfailing love. Relationship.
Jesus, may I stay close to you, and have a heart able to hear your song sung over me. Please.