BE GLAD IN THE LORD
Leslie M. John
”Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart” Psalm 32:11
David comforts his own soul, as he does of others, when he says that those, whose sins are forgiven, are blessed. Truly, he has a definite reason to say that he was blessed inasmuch he was forgiven by God of the transgression of the law. He did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD. It was of adultery with Bathsheba and conspiracy against her husband, Uriah and much later of numbering his army. Except for the grace of God he had no chance of being blessed in his life.
The thing that pleased God, of David was that the he repented of his sin, besides obeying the LORD’s commands with regard to wiping away the enemies of Israel from the face of the earth.
”After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’” Acts 13”22
On the contrary, King Saul’s performance as king over Israel was much unpleasant to the LORD, because he showed his own wisdom and priorities to prevail as against God’s desires. Saul did not wipe away Amalekites fully from the face of the earth in spite of the fact that he had unflinching support from God.
”And the LORD sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed” (1 Samuel 15:18)
”For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king” (1 Samuel 15:23)
David’s procrastination in confessing his sin exceedingly troubled him in his heart, and he groaned any a day, the entire day. Day and night God’s hand weighed very heavy on him, and his strength waxed weak. His health continually deteriorated as if water in his body evaporated due to the heat of the summer.
David knew that if he confessed his sins, the LORD does not hold them against him and he knew that God will not hold him responsible of his sins because he repented of his sin, and had no deceit in his heart. David’s comfort arose from the decision he made that read ”I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”.
As soon as David acknowledged his sin before the LORD, refraining further from continuing to hide it from the LORD, he was sure that his guilt of sinning against the LOD was forgiven.
David, after receiving assurance of his salvation, desires that all the faithful may pray to the LORD, while he may be found. He seeks from others the same attitude of confessing their sins to the LORD.
The LORD is night unto them that seek Him and He is their shelter to hide them under His wings. He protects us from trouble and causes us to praise Him with songs of deliverance.
Therefore, David says a man should not be rebellious. The LORD will teach us the way we should tread on. The LORD gives us His counsel with His loving eye on us. He advises us not be like horse or as the mule that have no understanding but must be controlled with bit and bridle lest they hurt us.
Many are the afflictions of wicked, but the LORD is near to them that seek Him. There is reason for the righteous and upright in heart to rejoice in the Lord and be glad in Him and sing unto Him praises continually.
”Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee”. Psalm 32:9
”Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”. (Matthew 11:28)