I’ve noted this before, but if you’ve noticed that we’ve “skipped” Psalm 32, we really haven’t. I wrote about a number of the psalms when going through the life of David, so if you’re interested, just do a quick search on this blog under Psalm 32, and you’ll find it there.
I love how the psalmist opens this song. He sings,
Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. (1)
I like that second line. “It is fitting for the upright to praise him.” In other words, it’s only right that those who love the Lord and have been made righteous by his blood praise him.
And it doesn’t matter to God how we do it. We can do it on the harp or lyre (or in these days, the guitar or piano). We can sing to him acapella. Or for those of us who are tone deaf, we can simply give a shout of praise (although I don’t think God minds an off-tune song that comes from the heart).
The psalmist then writes why it is fitting for us to worship him. We worship him because he himself is righteous and good. Every word he speaks is right and true. Not only that, unlike many of us, his actions actually match his words. God is no hypocrite.
But not only is he righteous, he continually chooses to love us even though we fall. Though we may fail him, his love towards us never fails.
We also worship him because he is our creator, and for the great power he showed in creating all things.
And we praise him for his great wisdom. Nothing ever catches God by surprise, and because of that, his plans and purposes stand firm.
It is because of this last, that we see he’s worthy of something else. He is worthy of our trust. It’s hard to trust someone who is wishy-washy. Who panics when things start spinning beyond his control. Who is always changing his mind in an attempt to deal with things beyond his ken.
But because God sees all, because he knows all, and because he controls all, he is a rock upon which we can stand.
So those whom he has chosen and who belong to him are blessed. As David wrote,
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance. (12)
He knows our name. He sees us from heaven and considers all we do. Not because he’s waiting to blast us for every mistake we make. But because he loves and cares for us. And he’s just waiting for us to turn our face to him.
But so often we don’t. We place our trust in other things. And yet too often, these things let us down. The psalmist wrote,
No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save. (16-17)
But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. (18-19)
This is no guarantee that we will not go through suffering. But in the midst of our suffering, we can know that he has not forgotten us. His eyes are always on us, and he will deliver us. And even if we do not find his deliverance here on this earth, we will find our ultimate deliverance when we reach our final home in heaven. As Paul wrote,
“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?” (I Corinthians 15:55)
And so the psalmist closes by saying,
We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you. (20-22)
To that, I say amen and amen. Come quickly, Lord Jesus.