Sunday, March 9, 2014

Lent Devotional Day 5

Lent Devotional March 9, 2014
Psalm 32

1  Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven whose sin is covered.
2   Happy are those to whom the LORD imputes no iniquity,and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
3  While I kept silence, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long.
4   For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.     Selah
5   Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah
6  Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you;
  at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters
 shall not reach them.
7   You are a hiding place for me, you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.             Selah
8   I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
9   Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding, whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle, else it will not stay near you.
10  Many are the torments of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the LORD.
11 Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.

DEVOTIONAL
The Psalmist keeps silence while groaning. It seems so contradictory, but the Psalmist’s silence isn’t absolute. It’s silence about sin. Immediately when that silence is broken by confession, the Psalmist experiences a sense of forgiveness and joy. The sound of moaning and confession is overwhelmed by the sound of “glad cries of deliverance.”

This psalm is a sharp contrast to the passage we read yesterday. Instead of joy erupting into songs of worship, today we see the Psalmist keep silence while groaning. That phrase seems so contradictory, but the Psalmist’s silence isn’t absolute. It’s silence about sin. The Psalmist moves from groaning and wasting away to a feeling of safety. We find our Psalmist protected from rushing waters, hidden from trouble, and even surrounded by sounds of joy so intense, so palpable, that they seem to act as a shield. The sound of moaning and confession is overwhelmed by the sound of “glad cries of deliverance.” The psalm then ends with shouts of joy, returning us that that irrepressible worship that we encountered in yesterday’s psalm.

Message provided by the Miller Summer Youth Institute.

2 comments:

  1. HAS GOD'S GRACE BEEN OFFERED TO ALL MEN?

    According to Calvinists, God has only offered grace to a select few who were individually predetermined for salvation before man was created. Is this what the Scriptures proclaim? No, they do not.

    2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God..(NKJV)
    The words of John Calvin are not Scripture.
    The words of the apostle Paul are Scripture.(SEE: 2 Peter 3:15-16)

    The apostle Paul wrote the letter to Titus. Titus is Scripture. John Calvin did not pen one single verse of Scripture. Calvin's words were not Scripture. If John Calvin's writings were inspired by God, then they should be included in the Bible.

    THE BIBLE PROCLAIMS THAT GRACE IS OFFERED TO ALL MANKIND UNDER THE NEW COVENANT TERMS FOR PARDON.

    Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. (NKJV)

    Titus 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. (New International Version)

    Titus 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people. (English Standard Version)

    Titus 2:11 For the all saving grace of God has been revealed to all men; (Aramaic Bible in Plain English)

    Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation hath appeared to all men, (King James Bible)

    The free gift of salvation has been offered to all men who will accept God's terms for pardon.

    THE TERMS FOR PARDON.
    1. Faith: John 3:16
    2. Confession: Romans 10:9
    3. Repentance: Acts 3:19
    4. Water Baptism: Acts 2:38


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