Saturday, January 21, 2012

Spiritual Contentment


Psalm 32:1-11

Psalm 32 was written by David after he committed adultery with Bathsheba, and had her husband, Uriah, put to death.

David committed these sins and tried, unsuccessfully, to cover them up.

He was confronted by Nathan the prophet and made a full confession.

During this time, David also wrote Psalm 51. There, David made a full confession of his sins and requested forgiveness. He also promised that he would teach other sinners the ways of the Lord.

Psalm 32 seemed to be David’s fulfillment of that promise.

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David reminded us that spiritual contentment is possible (1-2).

Spiritual contentment needs a heart that is clean, forgiven and honest before the Lord.

True contentment is found when we know that our sins, and all their defilement and the judgment associated with them, are gone forever!

True contentment comes when we are right with the Lord!

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Spiritual contentment involves chastisement (3-4).

When David sinned with Bathsheba, he tried to cover up that sin.

He succeeded for about a year.

While David lived with unconfessed sin, his world was turned upside down as God brought chastisement into his life to confront his sin.

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Spiritual contentment involves confession (5).

When David was confronted with his sin, he came totally clean with the Lord.

He dealt with his sin, his iniquity and his transgressions.

He opened his heart to the Lord in transparent honesty and held nothing back!

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Spiritual contentment gives us divine protection (6-7a).

When we walk closely with the Lord and turn to Him in times of trouble and temptation, we find that He has all the resources we need to escape the danger at hand.

God is a place of refuge and safety.

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Spiritual contentment gives us divine preservation (7b).

When we walk closely with the Lord, we are preserved through troubles and trials.

We are not exempted from troubles and trials, but we are kept in them and strengthened by them.

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Spiritual contentment gives us divine proximity (8-9).

God promised to give David guidance and direction in his life.

God also warned David of stubbornness and disobedience.

He told David that He will guide him with loving eyes.

With His eyes, God could give David a warning look, a warming look or a welcoming look.

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Spiritual contentment gives us divine peace (10).

Those who submit to God and walk with Him shall have joy, peace and blessing.

Those who refuse to walk in the ways of the Lord will have sorrows.

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Spiritual contentment gives us divine praise (7c, 11).

We walk with the Lord.

We are saved and secure in our relationship with Him.

We are sanctified and clean.

We have hope for the future.

We have every reason to lift our voices and shout for joy.

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Some thoughts:
  • We must be saved before we can experience true contentment and peace!
  • We must get before the Lord, confess our sins and forsake it, before God restore our contentment and joy.
Let us go for spiritual contentment.


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