Today’s reading is Psalm 32.
David isn’t bragging about his own forgiveness in the Lord. He is using it as a basis to teach everyone about forgiveness. He basically says, “Hey you guys! Look at me. I sinned. I sinned big. I didn’t want to talk about it. I tried to cover it up. But the Lord saw. He disciplined. I finally confessed. You know what God did? He forgave me.”
Then, in vs. 6, he turns to his audience and says, “Be like me. I know you all have sinned. Let my forgiveness be an example to you. Our God forgives. Seek Him while He may be found.” Whoa! Wait a minute! “While He may be found”? Does that mean there will come a time when He won’t be found?
Yes! That is absolutely what that means.
Folks who are postponing their repentance have no idea the danger they are putting themselves in. While it is true that you will be forgiven any time you repent and for anything of which you repent, you need to understand that the longer you push off repentance, the harder it is for you to do it. It is never easier than today to repent and seek the Lord. The more you sin, the more you postpone repentance, the harder your heart becomes, the harder it is for that shell to be broken.
Further, you have no idea when the full judgment for your sins is actually going to take place. Trying to wait until just before that moment of judgment to repent is not actually repenting. The days are evil. Make the most of today by repenting and confessing right now. You may not have tomorrow.
But if you do seek the Lord while He can be found, then the great rush of waters will not reach you. Yes, that ought to call to mind the great rush of waters that came in the days of Noah. Once the rain starts to fall and the Ark is closed, its too late to seek the Lord.
Seek the Lord! Before it’s too late!
Tomorrow’s reading is Psalm 32.
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A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, what did that great rush of waters in Psalm 32:6 make you think of? One of the things it made me think about was that song I learned as a kid. “The wise man built his house upon the rock. The wise man built his house upon the rock. The wise man built his house upon the rock. And the rains came tumbling down.” Uh oh! What are the rains going to do? They will cause floods to rise. But, they won’t do anything to the wise man’s house because it is built on the rock. The foolish man, however, built his house on the sand, and that house went “Splat!”
That song comes from Matthew 7:24-27. The wise person is actually the person who hears what Jesus has to say and does it. The foolish person is the one who hears what Jesus has to say and doesn’t do it.
That is really what this psalm is all about. Like David, we sin. Because of sin, the flood of judgment is coming. If we listen to the counsel of God in this psalm and seek Him while we still have time, then the flood of judgment will never reach us. But if we don’t listen to Him, it will swallow us up.
As David goes on to say, God is our hiding place. He is our preservation. He is our deliverer. He is the rock upon which we can build. When we do, the floods of judgment will never touch us. And that is a true blessing.