May 7. Psalms of Joy, Praise and Thanksgiving, Cont’d

Ps. 32:1-11; 65:1-13; 68:1-35

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.

This psalm began with a description of the awesome power of God—His power to destroy the wicked and to protect the righteous. It proceeded with a brief retelling of His care of the Israelites during the wilderness wanderings. God supplied them with their needs during that time and brought them into the promised land of Canaan where they continued to be blessed by Him. The Lord had subdued nations leaving the spoil for His people. With Israel being established, other nations will respect and honor them as their kings shower them with gifts. David ended the psalm with a call to worship God in a song of praise to the God of Israel who “gives strength and power to His people.”