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December 14, 2015

DEVOTIONAL – DEC 15

by Leslie John

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

“Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart” Psalm 32:11

David, having found grace in the sight of the LORD, comforts not only his soul, but of others as well. He asserts that blessed are those whose transgression is forgiven and whose sin is covered (cf. Psalms 32:1).

Indeed, he had good reasons to rejoice in the LORD because he was forgiven not only of his adultery with Hittite woman, Bathsheba but also for being the cause of the killing of her husband Uriah in the battle. His thoughts drifted from the path of righteousness when he, as a King, did not go into the battle field to fight enemy; but stayed home and deliberately put Uriah in front in the battle field in order that he may get killed in the battle. And when he stayed home his eyes fell on Bathsheba who was taking bath in her home. Except for the grace of God he had no chance of being blessed in his life.

What pleased God was that David repented of his sin and also obeyed the command of the LORD with regard to fully destroy the Amalekites. His predecessor, King Saul, on the contrary displeased the LORD because he did that which he should not have done. He was not a priest to offer sacrifices, but when Samuel delayed in coming for offer sacrifices, Saul took God’s Law into his hands and offered sacrifices, In addition he did not obey fully the commandment of the LORD with regard to fully destroying the Amalekites resulting in his wisdom and priorities to rule over God’s commandments, in spite of enjoying God’s 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)

“And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel” (1 Samuel 15:26)

“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)

God’s commendation of David to blessed status is seen in Acts 13:22 where the LORD’s words are that he was after the LORD’s own heart.

”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

David’s procrastination in confessing his sin exceedingly troubled him in his heart, and he groaned many 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 and refraining further from continuing to hide it from the LORD 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

Jesus said:

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”. (Matthew 11:28)

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