I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
which must be curbed with bit and bridle,
or it will not stay near you.
Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD.
Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
Comment: This brief ending to Psalm 32 is packed with many ideas.
- A promise from God to be involved positively in the life of one who looks to Him.
- A call from God for willing obedience and a challenge not to be like a horse that doesn’t willingly do what it is ordered. God doesn’t want to need to pull hard on the reins attached to the bit in our mouths.
- God, unlike what people often want to think about Him, says the wicked are headed into sorrow but His followers into blessing. He is not just a forgiving Grandfather! Judgement is a reality.
- A shout of triumphant joy on behalf of those who choose God’s way.
Prayer: I would be a keen and willing learner, O God.