Daily D – Psalm 32:10
Many pains come to the wicked, but the one who trusts in the LORD will have faithful love surrounding him.
PSALM 32:10 (CSB)
Stupid is a choice. More accurately, it is the compounding of multiple bad choices. One bad choice leads to another. My first-grade teacher, Miss Allen, taught us that when we tell one lie, we have to tell other lies to protect the first lie. She wasn’t lying.
Too many times we think we have to be shrewd or manipulative to get what we want. King David had a better idea. He says in verse 9,
Do not be like a horse or mule,
that must be controlled with bit and bridle
or else it will not come near you.
In other words, don’t be stupid. Do not make bad choices. Learn self-control and self-discipline so that you do not have to be controlled or disciplined by others.
What is the positive alternative? David tells us that as well. Listen to verse 8:
I will instruct you and show you the way to go;
with my eye on you, I will give counsel.
Our Father in heaven is more interested in giving us the right directions than we are in taking them. He keeps his eye on us. He is ready to share his wise counsel.
How do we access God’s instruction and counsel? We ask. King David teaches us how to do that throughout the Book of Psalms. For example, Psalm 143:8 and 10 provide simple prayers that produce wonderful results.
Let me experience
your faithful love in the morning,
for I trust in you.
Reveal to me the way I should go
because I appeal to you.
God’s directions are based on his love which seeks the highest good for each one of us. We can trust that whatever he says is right, just, fair, and good. Trust God. He will never lead us falsely.
Ask him for clear direction. Ask him the way you should go. He loves to hear and answer these prayers more readily than we like to pray them.
Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God.
May your gracious Spirit
lead me on level ground.
God is God and we are not. He sees what we cannot see. He knows what we do not know. His plans are better than ours. They are better for us and better for others. He removes the unnecessary bumps in our lives.
Psalm 32:10 gives us a choice. We can live with the pains of our bad decisions, or we can follow God’s guidance and enjoy the pleasant delight of good consequences.
I will follow God’s guidance into the positive alternative pathway.
Our Father, show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.