Psalm 32 is one of the seven Penitential Psalms, the best know of which is no doubt Psalm 51. It seems likely that David wrote Psalm 51 in response to his encounter with Nathan who exposed his sin with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband Uriah. Psalm 32 was probably written some time after that. It takes on somewhat of an instructive theme. David seems to be saying, “I messed up big time! I felt really lousy! When I finally confessed my sin, God forgave me! Wow!!! Now, don’t you be so stubborn like a mule! Seek God and be set free from your sin!”
There are several things in Psalm 32 that catch my interest. The first is in verse two: “Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.” (Underlining mine) As awful as David’s sin was, he was not interested in just getting his sin forgiven, as wonderful as that is in itself. Rather, David wanted to be clean deep down inside where no one but he, himself, and God knew his condition. He wanted a spirit that was empty of deceit and clean before the Lord. No doubt that is why he prayed in Psalm 19:14, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Can you imagine being so in sync with God that even your innermost thoughts, which no one else can know, bring Him pleasure? No wonder that even the Lord Jesus referred to David as a “Man after God’s own heart.” In spite of his many failures, and he had a bunch of big ones, David loved and wanted to please the Lord. What a great need we have for clean hearts, empty of deceithearts that desire to please God.
Another wonderful verse from this Psalm is verse seven: “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” Do you catch the weight of that statement? Throughout the Psalms, David declares that the Lord is his refuge, his stronghold, his fortress and much more. Here David says that God is his hiding place and that as he hides in the Lord God, God will surround him with “songs of deliverance.” Remember I Corinthians 10:13 where Paul writes that no matter what temptation overtakes you, God provides a way to escape? A way out! That’s a “song of deliverance!” Do you know anyone in bondage, who feels trapped in sin, too far in to have any hope of salvation? Tell them to take heart and turn to the Lord, Jesus Christ. He surrounds them with “songs of deliverance” if only they would trust Him with their lives and confess whatever the sin is. Do you, dear friend, need a “song of deliverance” right now? You know that you’re not walking with the Lord as you should. Things have crowded in upon you, some of which may not in themselves be wrong or sinful. Nevertheless, you feel trapped and in bondage, and in fact you may well be trapped and in bondage and in sin! Take heart! Jesus wants to surround you with “songs of deliverance.” Pour out your heart to Him right now and experience the freedom from bondage that only He can give. He wants that for you. Of that I am certain. “Whom the Son sets free, he is free indeed!” John 8:36
“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”