The Counsel

Psalm 32:6-9                                                                                                           

 6 Therefore let everyone who is faithful pray to You immediately.
When great floodwaters come, they will not reach him

David had waited almost a year to acknowledge, confess and repent of his sins. He now turns to God’s faithful and raises the question when should you confess your sins? David answers with an empathic ” immediately” [CSB]. This implies that we must constantly be reviewing our life for unconfessed sin so we can immediately acknowledge, confess and repent of known sin. A delayed reaction to this process [a] runs the risk of intense chastisement and suffering as God seeks our attention or [b] our living with the sin so long we just learn to ignore it.

David compares troubles and suffering to great flood waters and said they will not reach the faithful who have acknowledged, confessed and repented of their sin. What does David mean by “will not reach him”.  Nathan said to David

10  the sword shall never depart from your house,11 I will raise up evil against you from your own household;…” [2 Samuel 12:10-11]

We know that David was forgiven by God, yet these warnings by God actually took place. [see 2 Samuel 12:15-21:22] David answers this in vv.7. 

You are my hiding place; You protect me from trouble. You surround me with joyful shouts of deliverance. Selah

David said in v.7 God is my hiding place and my protector in trouble. His presence and love surround David with joyful shouts of deliverance even as he suffered. When his son almost succeeded in taking his kingdom, David was sorrowful, but at peace.

F.F. Bruce said this, “The person who accepts discipline at the hand of God as something designed by his heavenly Father for his good will cease to feel resentful and rebellious; like the psalmist he has ‘calmed and quieted’ his soul [ Psalm 131:2 ], which thus provides fertile soil for the cultivation of a righteous life, responsive to the will of God.”

When trouble comes is it the results of: a fallen world, the world system, Satan, persecution, pruning, testing, discipline/chastening or consequences from forgiven sin? We may never know for sure which applies to our trouble, but like David we can be filled with joy and comfort from God and we may comfort others .

 Disciples with troubles are comforted by God so they may comfort others.

Henry Luke 8/16/2017

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