I am continuing to meditate upon David’s testimony of grace from Psalm 32. After admitting that he had sinned (32:3-5), David rejoiced in the forgiveness he had experienced (32:5). Twice in this psalm, David painted the word picture of an individual being surrounded. First, he said that he was surrounded with songs of deliverance (32:7). Second, he informed us that the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds those who trust in Him (32:10). God’s people are encompassed by lyric and love. Contemplate these truths today with me.
“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance” (32:7).
God’s people are encompassed by lyric. Songs are being sung! The question begging to be answered is: Who is singing? Well, the “cloud of witnesses” is surely singing (Heb. 12:1). The Bible even speaks of God singing over His children (Zeph. 3:17). However, the surround sound being referred to here is undoubtedly the songs of the delivered. Those who have been forgiven (32:5) sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in their hearts to God (Col. 3:16). David exhorts believers to do that which should be the natural result of redemption when he wrote, “Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart” (32:11; ESV).
We should be surrounded with lyrics in praise of our Lord. David also added,
“Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in Him” (32:10).
God’s people are encompassed by love. If you are someone who trusts in the Lord, you cannot turn without running into the love of God. It is inseparable (Rom. 8:31-39)! In The Treasury of David, Spurgeon quoted Albert Barnes, who commented:
“He (defined as the one who trusts in God [32:10]) shall be surrounded with mercy–as one is surrounded by the air, or by the sunlight. He shall find mercy and favour everywhere–at home, abroad; by day, by night; in society, in solitude; in sickness, in health; in life, in death; in time, in eternity. He shall walk amidst mercies; he shall die amidst mercies; he shall live in a better world in the midst of eternal mercies” (p.100).
Manifold mercies! Lavished love!
So–if you’ve been forgiven, if you trust in God–
“Put your hands up! You’re surrounded!”
Note: For a further discussion on sin–my sin, in particular, check out the Quick Takes page.