Feb. 9. Psalms of Joy, Praise and Thanksgiving, Cont’d

Ps. 32:1-11; 65:1-13

The psalmist celebrated pardon from sins by reflecting upon the wretched burden that those sins had placed upon his soul. That burden was lifted in forgiveness when he confessed his transgressions to God. The penitent sinner can find God for protection and refuge in times of need. As opposed to the inability of animals to understand, man is to be eager to receive instruction and guidance from his Creator. The wicked have no rest for their souls, but the righteous have His mercy.

God is portrayed in many ways. David first described Him in this poem as man’s redeemer. He hears our prayers and forgives our sins. God is also praised as the Creator. He has power over the seas, mountains and all of the earth. All of mankind is under His control. The psalmist concluded by praising God as the provider and sustainer of all things. If one will open his eyes, he can see the works of God as He sends the sun and the rain upon His creation.

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