The Sunday Psalm…

Well I think I have mentioned at some point that I would like to post some thoughts every Sunday on the Psalm that I am been focusing for that week. I haven’t been very consistent about that and can’t make any promises but here are some thoughts for this week.

{If you check out the CSR lectionary page you can look at our communities daily readings, we focus on a single Psalm every week -- these thoughts will pertain to that Psalm}


Psalm 32
Happy are those who transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
While I kept silence, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of the Summer.
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.
Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you; at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them.
You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.
I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
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.
Many are the torments of the wicked but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord. Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.


There are some Psalms where the structure is just very evident, in the psalm the structure is what makes it so amazing.

He states the fact of Joy being found in forgiveness and right connection with God.
Then he shares the anguish of his own sin while he hid it and internalized it.
Then he releases, confesses to God his sin and is forgiven.
He then gives advice from a place of experience!
-- the world selah is then stated, as it is a coupel other times in this psalm. Selah is kind of a mystery word but believe to be a “sacred pause” give by the writer for any number of reasons.
THEN God begins to talk; “I will instruct you & teach you the way…”

It’s very cool to me the flow of this psalm. Often I need to just confess because instead I wallow in my sin. I hold it in, feeling like one of those birds who has just eat an Alka-Seltzer tablet give by a cruel kid waiting for me to blow up, and it’s going to happen any moment, I’m gonna blow. If I would just confess! And when I do turn to the Lord not only do I run out and share my heart with everybody but God really instructs and teaches me his way. The best way!

Good stuff… I have been pretty amped on this psalm this week.
I hope you can enjoy it and learn from it as much as I have.