Few Bible characters have more extensive inspired documentation of the devastating consequences of personal sin than David has. Just as God’s prophet had promised (2 Samuel 12:10-11), the final chapters of David’s life (2 Samuel 13-24) bear solemn witness to the fact that the way of the transgressor is hard.
Psalm 32:8-11 contains David’s earnest admonition to all those who are wise enough to read and heed it. He writes, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye” (v. 8). Though he has been dead for about 3,000 years, David seeks to give all who will listen the following counsel on sin:
- Do not be stubborn and foolish in dealing with your sin. “Do not be like the horse or like the mule, which have no understanding, which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, else they will not come near you” (v. 9). Being muleheaded, instead of penitent, about your sinful actions is foolish. Ignoring your sin while your spirit groans and your vitality and zest for life is turned into the drought of summer is not wise.
- Prevent sin in your life and quickly seek God’s forgiveness when you have failed to keep iniquity out of your life. “Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; but he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him” (v. 10). As is true in so many other facets of life, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure in the spiritual realm also. God’s grace is completely adequate in removing sin’s guilt, so trust it when you have sinned. But, do not forget that when the teaching of God’s grace is heeded, ungodliness and worldly lusts will be denied. Prevention is better.
- Rejoice in righteousness. Boredom makes us spiritually vulnerable. Satan seeks to convince all that obedience to God leaves one lacking the necessary spice of life. Do not fall for that lie. The joy of the Lord is worthy of passionate priority in our lives. Be glad, rejoice, shout for joy (not bored) in your hunger and thirst for righteousness.