A Psalm of David (Psalm 32)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

There are 150 separate Books some refer to as chapters that we today call The Book of Psalms. Many refer to the Psalms as “The Psalms of David,” which is somewhat misleading, because David did not write all of the Psalms.

In the Psalms, we have seven named writers, and the books they wrote are listed below.

One: David with his name above seventy-three Psalms.
They are Psalm 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 68, 69, 70, 86, 101, 103, 108, 109, 110, 122, 124, 131, 133, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, and 145.

Two: Asaph with his name above twelve Psalms.
They are Psalm 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, and 83.

Three: The sons of Korah with nine Psalms.
They are Psalm 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 84, 85, and 87.

Four: For Solomon, with his name above two Psalms.
They are Psalm 72 and 127.

Five: Moses with his name above one Psalm.
Psalm 90.

Six: Hemon the Ezrahite with his name above one Psalm.
Psalm 88.

Seven: Ethon the Ezrahite with his name above one Psalm.
Psalm 89.

Totaling up the above seven names and their Books, we have one-hundred-one Psalms identified by the pen and hand of Prophets. The remaining other forty-nine Psalms are unnamed, such as Psalms 137, yet they are all God’s Word and are inspired by Him (II Timothy 3:16, II Peter 1:21). King David had a large part in the forming of the Psalms, writing more than any other.

We thought it only fitting to enliven your interest in David by peeking into one of his Psalms, to view how he walked with God and had such a wonderful heightened level of understanding his Savior.

David not only walked with God, but he was also known as a man after God’s own heart and we today have his Psalms as an inspiration to help us aspire to also be a man or woman after God’s own heart.

Did you know that after Jesus who is the subject of the whole Word, David is the most written about person in the Bible as an archetype of Christ? Jesus would inherit not only David’s kingdom, but all the kingdoms of the world when he returns to reign over all the earth. Jesus is called the son of David fourteen times in the Gospels.

The following is the entire thirty-second Psalm ― A Psalm of David:

Psalms 32:1:
BLESSED is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

In this Psalm we notice the first word BLESSED; this word means to have happiness in our life’s journey as God blesses our ways because we have not only found the Promised Seed, but through Christ we walk with God and is a reason to be both blessed and happy. Transgression in the Hebrew Text relates to the thoughts and intents of the heart that lead away from the instructions of Scripture, yet thankfully Scripture shows us how to journey on a direct path that leads us to His wondrous Word through knowing Jesus Christ as our True Passover.

When we realize our faults have taken us away from God, as the sin nature does “so easily beset us” (Hebrews 12:1), and we then realize that we have an advocate in His Son because “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (I John 1:7), and we come back to God in prayer to receive our cleansing and forgiveness, God is always willing, ready, and able to forgive.

I John 1:9:
If we confess our sins, he {God} is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Then the Psalm goes on to say, whose sin is covered. In the Old Testament times sins were only covered, it is like tying a trash bag or putting refuse into an underground septic tank, we know there is something not so pleasant under there, but at least it is out of sight. Thankfully today in grace, God cleanses us from all unrighteousness, leaving the inside washed completely clean rather than simply covering them up. This is because of the blessed work of the Offering of the High Priest, on man’s behalf.

Psalms 32:2:
Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile {or deceit}.

David shares in the first two verses that the believers are “blessed.” The LORD considered this important enough to reiterate the truth of our being blessed by Him by repeating it to show we have blessings upon blessings (Ephesians 1:3). The reason that we are so blessed is because the LORD Jehovah sees the Christ in us, and that most important part of us (our hearts and inner consciousness) is not deceitful before the LORD where we are totally sinless and pure and guileless. So when and where we may experience condemnation because of our sins, it is pretty much a waste of our time and energy because what Jehovah imputes to us is forgiveness and cleansing rather than iniquity.

In our spirit (our inner heart), the LORD sees no guile because within we have the Bright and Morning Star; this is what He really sees as we are the children of light ― His light. Having no guile means that the LORD sees absolutely no deceit, but only His children with Christ within, for we may always stand before Him, and confess, thus being forgiven, cleansed, and knowing that He has not imputed (or held) our shortcomings against us (Psalms 32:1–2 are also recorded in the first church Epistle, Romans 4:7–8). For Christ the Prophet of all prophecy “was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification” (Romans 4:25). Jesus is not going to be crucified again – for you, he is not going to die again – for you, and he is not going to get up again – for you, once was enough to last an eternity – for you – for your justification!

Psalms 32:3:
When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.

Silence represents our not asking for forgiveness in prayer from our God (I wrote a study once titled, “Ask: and it shall be given,” and as I like to say, “Ask, and it shall be forgiven!”). Sometimes we may feel so awful about our past sins that we become too fearful to even consider daring to ask for God’s forgiveness, and this is something David had experienced in his life.

Consequently, when we forget our Captain of Salvation, then we do not ask God for forgiveness, and we may feel as though we are standing all alone, when all along our heavenly Father wants us to accept our forgiveness and walk again with Him. We can because the Captain of our salvation gave his all in all in order that we may come to God at any time to accept our forgiveness and begin enjoying life with both our Savior and our heavenly Father. Life on the other side of forgiveness is quite wonderful, it beats the hell out of condemnation, so please come on over and join the sanctified at the sweet spot of life. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

Romans 8:34:
Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Bones in Psalms 32:3 represents the inner structure of man’s physical life, and yet feeling so very old and bending under the pressures of life. David’s meaning here is that when we try and hold ourselves up on our own merits without God being a vibrant part of our life’s foundation, then we forfeit God’s blessed privilege of spiritually holding us up through the power of our Wonderful Secret. “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up” (James 4:10). This is God’s desire ― to hold men and women up with His loving strength.

The roaring also in Psalms 32:3 represents man’s inner unfeigned sorrow or groaning by his own self-pity, the inner result when he does not allow himself to ask God for forgiveness or help, when all along God’s poised will and desire is to do so (when we ask), and Jesus, our Redeemer, gave his life and now he intercedes, clearing the path to Him so that we could go to God unfettered in our minds.

Psalms 32:4:
For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.

I have heard this verse explained as one who is living under the thumb of God, as one who is receiving His rebuking correction; however, this is simply an untrue statement in relationship to the Creator of Heaven and Earth. Trust me; if God was that kind of God with unimaginable threatening power at His disposal and His hand of vengeance was upon us, then mankind would have ended with the fall from grace on Paradise back in the time of Genesis.

God would have never given man the hope of a Deliverer, and the Deliverer would never have given his life, except for one thing, God has loved mankind, including you (Ephesians 1:4), even before Adam and Eve were formed, made, and created.

Christ certainly loved enough to die in that horrible torturous way for you and me. Then, why in the world would some unduly high-pitched, shrieking voices jump out from behind teaching pulpits crying out, “God could squash you at His whimsical leisure and pleasure as you live a lowly and meager existence under His terrible hand?” Oh, come on now, that is just plain wrong, for God loves you as is heard within the gentleness of our Still Small Voice! He has graven (tattooed) you upon the palms of His hands (Isaiah 49:16), and when He opens up His arms and hands, it is you He sees in His loving arms and written on His palms. It is you He loves, come what may, it is you He is committed to, and continually overjoyed with (Psalms 73:22–25)!

Thus David realized that, “Though he {a righteous man or woman} fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand” (Psalm 37:24).

Psalms 80:17:
Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself.

Here is the biblical interpretation of for day and night thy hand was heavy upon me. Whenever we carry our own burdens around without releasing them to our God in prayer, then we may feel heavy (spiritually), and weak in our personal faith. We may experience feelings similar to the statue of Atlas who is portrayed carrying the weight of the world upon his shoulders, or David the King who cared and watched over the Nation of Israel, or the Apostle Paul who cared for the entire First Century church of God (II Corinthians 11:28). Jesus Christ, the King’s Son and Eternal Answer bore the sins of the whole world and lifted you and me up to our heavenly Father and He can release one and all from the burdens of the sin nature while revealing to us our new divine nature in Christ (II Peter 1:2–8).

Oftentimes the burden of carrying our sins around is something believers experience and what John calls “an unction from the Holy One” (I John 2:20) when God is working overtime to inspire us to come back to Him (and why?), so we may enjoy His fellowship and our Spiritual Revival. This is the true meaning of day and night thy hand was heavy upon me, for today in grace we deserve our Heavenly Pardon. God is beseeching us to come back in order that we may enjoy our Good Day in fellowship with Him. “Even there {at any place} shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me {so I will not fall}” (Psalms 139:10).

My moisture is turned into the drought of summer is referring to a spiritual drought and is the absence of the spiritual refreshing that can come to us only when we accept God’s healing will of forgiveness. It is man himself who singularly grapples within his mind to rise up to believing in his worthiness given to him in Christ. These are some of the emotions David went through hundreds of years ago and are most common to men and women of today. It is man alone who oscillates in and out of fellowship with his God. It is Christ our Arbitrator who catapults men and women up to receiving God’s refreshing, and it is Christ who has lead the way for man to receive the graces of God. The expression Selah essentially means to pause and calmly think about what was just written (and then rethink it through again and again, or, in other words ― meditate on God’s Word, grace, and love)!

In this Psalm, David finally realized he was not acknowledging God in his life and thus he was lacking the refreshing that came by having fellowship with God once again, and so he then continues:

Psalms 32:5–6:
-5: I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid {from God}. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD {Unto who? Unto the LORD, rather than to any man}; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. {Not just the sin committed, but the iniquity in the thought process and actions that caused the sin in the first place, this also God will totally forgive and cleanse.} Selah. {So please ― Pause: and calmly think on what we just read ― that God forgives us completely, even from the conception of a sin (James 1:15) to one’s commitment to follow through with it all the way to its ultimate completion and degradation ― Wow, that is magnified grace given to you and I in spades!}
-6: For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.

The word shall represents that we may, whenever we desire, reach all the way up to our God’s ears in prayer. Believers may come to experience their forgiveness, acknowledging that God does cleanse us of our sins. Take God’s Word for your forgiveness; whenever you do ― you have literally believed God in all His beckoning of you to accept His forgiveness!

The word godly means to have and enjoy a true and vital relationship with God, which is necessary to enjoying freedom in Christ. Believers, you and I, are the godly, and when praying we have an uninterrupted connection with God (spiritual-optics), which are never disconnected at God’s end, and His communication lines are free and always in good working order.

When is a time that God may be found? This is a very good question, and the answer is straightforward ― it is always a good time to come to God in prayer; there is never a bad time for we always have our Song in the Night and this awards rest and peace to our souls.

Psalms 69:13:
But as for me {David}, my prayer is unto thee, O LORD, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation.

Hebrews 4:16:
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

II Corinthians 6:2:
For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

Even when we are feeling down or if we feel that we are no darn good and are living in self-condemnation and sin (even then ― even now), God encourages us as His children to go to Him without hesitation or fear.

Our loving, heavenly Father will always embrace us in His love. “If God be for us, who can be against us” (Romans 8:31)? God is always on our side (and no one is bigger than God is), and Christ gave himself so we could be on God’s side, for we are eternally on the winning team. It is God in Christ cheering us on to the finishing line, where and when true perfection will be awarded (I Corinthians 15:51–58), wherein we will receive, “The prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).

Surely in the floods of great waters they {the spiritual storms of this life} shall not come nigh unto him, because God watches over us. He is indeed our “refuge from the storm” (Isaiah 25:4), delivering ever brighter tomorrows, “in whom {in God} we trust that he will yet deliver us” (II Corinthians 1:10). Amazing, God is saying in II Corinthians 1:10 that He is going to deliver us from things in the future that have yet to happen, oh what a God we have to learn of and enjoy!

Through all of God’s healing Word, He directs our spiritual steps to safer and higher ground on our Path of Righteousness. His Word encourages us to build our spiritual lives on the rock, Christ Jesus (I Corinthians 3:11, Ephesians 2:20). The spiritual winds may “beat” from one direction and “blow” from even another direction, but we shall not be blown away, as promised us by Jesus himself (Matthew 7:24–25). As we learn to build our spiritual lives upon the rock, indeed, stormy rains (negatives) may fall down, floods (of unbelief) may come up, and the winds (of doubt) may bellow across the bows (boughs) of our hopes and dreams in an attempt to stimulate fear. Yet God has already guaranteed to us that He will hold us up and continue to keep us afloat, as we continue looking to Him and His healing Word through our wonderful Savior who is the anchor of our souls (Hebrews 6:19).

Psalms 32:7:
Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

God is our hiding place, because in (fellowship with) God there is refuge, there is sanctuary, and there is peace of mind. “HE that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalms 91:1). It is our God Who preserves us from impending trouble; it is our heavenly Father Who watches over our lives and assures us of victory in Christ who reveals the Wholeness of Man, and it is our God Who enables us to pass through all the storms of life.

Thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance can be experienced in contrast to feeling as though we are drying up from the inside out without spiritual edification, nourishment, and inspiration. And instead of being flooded with negatives from every direction, God encompasses, encircles, and covers us, giving to our souls spiritual songs of His deliverance. This is when our souls sing for joy, and because of our deliverance, we can be overflowing with rejoicing, for from the depths of our inner souls we can become ever more thankful for our complete standing as God’s redeemed children.

Today, as we rejoice in our calling from God, we may spiritually and experientially realize our unique place with God being spiritually seated at His very own right hand in and with Christ in the heavenlies (Ephesians 2:5–7). Recall how much love the Father has for us, “that we should be called the sons {and daughters} of God” (I John 3:1).

In Psalm 32, David begins by expressing how blessed we are when we receive forgiveness, and then he goes on to show what happens when we do not ask for forgiveness as he did for a time. Finally, David got to the place in his life that he realized that all he had to do was acknowledge the error of his ways. It was then that David came to grasp that his God totally forgave him. “David said unto Nathan {the Prophet}, I have sinned against the LORD {this is David, he was not confessing his sins to Nathan, but admitting that he sinned when he was confronted by the Prophet}. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin” (II Samuel 12:13). What could be more comforting to a sinner than to hear that God has already put away his or her sin?

Psalms 51:1–3:
-1: Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. {This asked David of God in regard to what David had done to Uriah the Hittite and Bathsheba his wife; you can read the story from II Samuel chapter 11:1–24 on how David got Uriah killed so that he could get Bathsheba to be his wife.}
-2: Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin {David asks God}.
-3: For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

Well, once the thing is done then it is done and one could live in condemnation a lifetime or admit to God that a sin has occurred and accept His forgiveness and get back into fellowship with God. The thing that helped David was his humbleness in accepting that “The LORD also hath put away thy sin” and then he wrote “my sin is ever before me.”

I wanted to discuss a little about the Old Testament and the New in the light of understanding what we talked about in the first verse on this Psalm in which we saw that God forgave by covering or putting away sins in the times of the old covenant, while in grace all our sins are washed away completely. David’s sins and transgressions were, as written, put away, and even though his sins were put away they were still within David’s mind as he wrote my sin is ever before me. Have you ever heard it said that people can forgive but they cannot always forget? The same was true for David; he could accept his forgiveness but it was a lot harder for him to forget which only made him a better person, afterwards.

Following is a spiritual assessment of King David, he “did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from any thing that he {the LORD} commanded him all the days of his life, save only {except only} in the matter of Uriah the Hittite” (I Kings 15:5). Note in this verse that something was remembered, a thousand things were good for David and still something remained ― a sin in his mind. Although forgiven by God, it was not washed away or blotted out. However, today in grace all of our sins are cleansed and we have this wonderful verse of understanding, “For I {your God} will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 8:12). You see, in the Old Testament the repentant sinner could not forget his or her sin and because of that his or her God could not forget them either because the Redeemer of sin had yet to come and die for the sin of the world. However, because of the complete redeeming work of Jesus Christ who became sin ― for us, we find, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (II Corinthians 5:21).

Today our sins are completely washed away and we are now as righteous as God is, and not only can we know that our sins are forgiven, but it is also possible to forget them altogether along with God Who already has ― I remember no more! Paul taught “this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13–14). I Corinthians 1:30 reveals that “of him {of God} are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption” (I Corinthians 1:30), and if or when we can think on such things as wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption rather than on our already forgiven sins, then God can go to work helping us beyond the past as we are pointed to Christ and our eternity.

Philippians 4:6–9 (The Amplified Bible):**
-6: Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
-7: And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
-8: For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].
-9: Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you.

David’s sin is written in Holy Writ, right there in I Kings 15:5 (and in other Scriptures), which means that the verse will abide as an integral part of the Word of God which liveth and abideth forever (John 1:1, I Peter 1:23). However, our sins are gone forever, washed completely away and therefore they cannot live and abide forever but are eternally gone ― from us! This is part of the “mystery of godliness” (I Timothy 3:16), afforded to us through Christ’s perfecting work for us (Colossians 1:28), and his cleansing work in us (I John 1:7).

Do yourself a favor, try and read all about your sins in the New Testament (as we were able to read David’s in the Old Testament) and you will find that you as a sinner are completely absent, dead to sin (a few examples: Romans 6:11, I Corinthians 15:3, and II Corinthians 5:14–15), but as a redeemed saint and child of God you will find yourself on every page alive in Christ (a few examples: Romans 6:11–14, and Colossians 3:3–4). You will discover this especially when you read along in and with Christ who is your guide and Golden Thread who leads you to absolute enlightenment, “For now we live {enjoy the more abundant life}, if {since} ye stand fast in the Lord” (I Thessalonians 3:11). As David was able to receive forgiveness and did amazing exploits for God, we are also even more enabled (Philippians 4:13)! Our sins are completely cleansed and will never be remembered or read about and thankfully only the good that we do by believing the Word will be known to us along with every being in heaven as our believing shall provide our heavenly rewards!

Psalms 32 now continues on with God’s response to David’s on account of his opening up his heart to Him:

Psalms 32:8:
I {God} will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go. I will guide thee with mine eye.

Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life” to the Father (John 14:6); it is only through finding the Son of God, our Beloved, that one truly receives the instructions and teachings and guidance from God’s heart. Guide thee with mine eye is something that a servant in the biblelands would completely understand, because when their master would perhaps raise one eyebrow in a certain way or move his hand with a subtle gesture, the master would be directing his servant to do something for him, perhaps bring a cup of water or bring him a pillow. The meaning here is that God can direct us with inspirations that are not forceful but much rather are very gently given to us through the loving motions of inspired thoughts of comfort from Him in Love.

Psalms 32:9:
Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding {who are stubborn}: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they {otherwise, they will not} come near unto thee {to receive their instructions and guidance}.

God’s lesson here is that we may walk with His guidance and allow Him to inspire our life’s path through the inspiration of our Savior who gave his all in all so that we could receive all of God’s abundance.

Psalms 32:10:
Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.

The wicked do experience many sorrows because they reap the wickedness that they sow. Nevertheless, we who trust the LORD can be delivered from all of our sorrows and be continuously encompassed in God’s loving mercy. Mercy biblically means that God withholds judgment and punishment that perhaps are rightfully due, yet because of God’s divine grace upon our lives, judgments are repelled away.

Often, when we blow it and sin (for no man is perfect), we may be justly deserving of condemnation, judgment, and punishment; however, God’s mercy holds these off, keeping us in a life with Him that is full of mercy from every direction and dimension.

Psalms 32:11:
Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

When we are glad in the LORD for His mercy upon our lives, then genuine rejoicing in the LORD will manifest itself, whelping up into thankfulness that we know God. Even David lived his life as one forgiven and who was enabled to shout of joy. We may rejoice because God has made us righteous, as completely righteous as God is (II Corinthians 5:21, Philippians 3:9), because of His Son, Jesus Christ. So shout for joy!

We who continue to come to our God in prayer with thankfulness and with believing that He does indeed answers us, will (without a doubt) also absolutely recognize that God sees us as His upright in heart. The life that Christians can enjoy in knowing God’s healing will reveals to us life more abundantly. God sees you in Christ, as His upright in heart who has received His spiritual refreshing.

Psalms 149:5:
Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.

Oh, what a marvelous song we have!

Acts 20:32:
And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

Trusting in Jehovah

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Psalms 37:3:
Trust in the LORD {Jehovah}, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

Trusting in the LORD, Jehovah is the first step in receiving (from our God) the true inner desires of our hearts. Without trust, we cannot really believe in Jehovah to answer our prayers. Thou shalt be fed means that the LORD supplies our personal needs, and it is His delight to do so “according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

Psalms 37:4:
Delight thyself also in the LORD {Jehovah}; and he shall {absolutely} give thee the desires of thine heart.

First, we trust in the LORD, and secondly, we delight also in the LORD, and because of our delight, joy, and excitement, it will be Jehovah’s pleasure to give us the desires of our hearts. The above Scripture not only informs us that Jehovah will give us the desires of our heart, but that He also can place a desire into our hearts, and then shows us how to receive and achieve our goals.

You see, there are times in life when we may not even know the best way to turn; often we are not even sure of our talents, or why we were put on this Earth, let alone have the desire to accomplish goals. However, Psalms 37:4 reveals that Jehovah can even give us the desires of thine heart meaning that He will first give us an actual desire, and then He will inspire us with focus and direction to start us on an action path so that our desires can come to pass.

Trust this, the LORD Jehovah will never give you a desire that you are unable to pursue in life, rather it will be something that specifically you will love to do and you will love to fulfill the full potential of that desire.

Psalms 37:5-6:
-5: Commit thy way unto the LORD {Jehovah}; trust also in him; and he shall bring it {the desires of thine heart} to pass.
-6: And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

Thy righteousness as the light means that you will feel wonderful and totally deserving and shining with effervescence because you will receive the desires of your heart and truly enjoy them. Thy judgment as the noonday means that because you indeed did trust, delight, and commit your ways unto Jehovah, you are entitled and completely deserving to receive the desires of your heart from Him.

When Jehovah gives you the desires of your heart, you will know without a doubt that you are living in the warmth of the light of Jehovah’s noonday, in the sweet spot of life being in the favor of the LORD, for then you will be enjoying the abundance of His blessings!

Psalms 37:40:
And the LORD {Jehovah} shall help them {believers}, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.

In the Old Testament times since Moses, Israel began to truly understand that God wanted a real heartfelt relationship with them so intimate that they would know him as Jehovah. Moses partnered with Jehovah and led Israel into the Promised Land of milk and honey.

Deuteronomy 8:7-9:
-7: For the LORD {Jehovah} thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills;
-8: A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey;
-9: A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass.

Jehovah helped Israel by parting the Red Sea and allowed them to pass through on dry ground (Exodus 14:21-22).

Jehovah’s personal relationship with Israel was so palatable that when they believed on His presence, He helped Israel by feeding them with manna (Exodus 16:35, and in Psalms 78:25, manna is called, “angel’s food”).

Jehovah helped Israel by giving them quail in abundance (Numbers 11:31-32), and He gave water that flowed abundantly from desert rocks (Exodus 17:6).

Jehovah helped Israel by proving to them that He was watching over and protecting them, by surrounding them with the physical signs such as the cloud in the daytime and a wall of fire in the nighttime as evidence of His presence (Exodus 13:22).

Often at night in Sinai, the temperatures could drop down to below freezing, and the wall of fire gave the children of Israel not only a feeling of protection but also warmth. As well, the cloud by day would keep the soaring heat down, which normally rises to an average of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. We suspect that every place Israel walked for forty years maintained a constant and comfortable seventy two degrees, night and day, this in a land that was considered as hot as a sweltering iron furnace: “In the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace” (Deuteronomy 4:20, Jeremiah 11:4).

The children of Israel began knowing Jehovah and His personal help, daily seeing His wondrous works (Psalms 105:38-45).

Jehovah’s relationship with them became so magnanimous that He even kept their clothes and shoes mended (Deuteronomy 29:5), and sickness almost became a forgotten memory during the entire forty-year journey over to the Promised Land of milk and honey (Psalms 105:37), and this was their reward for partaking in the LORD’S Passover.

Nehemiah 9:21:
Yea, forty years didst thou {Jehovah} sustain them in the wilderness, so that they lacked nothing; their clothes waxed not old, and their feet swelled not.

Yet Moses even with his great understanding of Jehovah, only had glimpses and shadows of his Savior to teach, and this was true with all of the Old Testament Prophets who taught and wrote the Scriptures. Each Prophet added more unique revelation of the coming one, and Jesus did fulfill all their combined foresights of revelation in the Gospel age relating to his first coming, and paved the way for his second coming as the Lord of lords and King of kings.

Today in comparison, we have the benefit of having in our possession the whole of the Old Testament, the Gospels, and New Testament.

In the first century, with the personal presence of Jesus Christ, he finally and fully declared God’s wonderful name, and showed Israel the ultimate manifestation of Jehovah’s loving relationship through his own life’s example. Jesus was the representative of Jehovah’s heart and love (John 3:16) beyond what anyone ever knew, and today we are certainly blessed:

Matthew 13:16-17:
-16: {Jesus is speaking} But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear {emphasis supplied}.
-17: For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men {in the Old Testament times} have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them {while today we see and hear}.

As Israel recognized and experienced the presence of Jehovah in the Old Testament times, we today may experience a continual relationship with Him. Jesus, being much like Moses who was a deliverer of the chosen of God, is a much greater deliverer, for he enabled anyone, anywhere in the entire world who would simply believe to receive eternal life.

What inestimable value and benefit to know for a surety that we not only have eternal life but also our reserved seating at heaven’s throne!

Jesus (who is already at the throne, interceding for us) is the subject of Scripture; he is our true spiritual fountain of life-giving water offered by Jehovah. Jesus reveals the caretaking qualities of God as Jehovah to the searching hearts of men and women who come to Jehovah through him.

Show Us the Father (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

When Jesus Christ was here, one of his missions was to make God known and more accessible. Showing the believers that God was to become their Father was certainly a quantum leap in their lives. However, at that time perceiving God Almighty as a Father was so incredible for them that it really took them back. Before Jesus Christ began teaching his disciples, they never understood God as a Father, and that not only was God his Father, but that He was going to become theirs. Today when we hear the words “our Father” in reference to God, it does not faze us at all because we commonly know this term, but back then it was an incredible mind-blower.

John 14:6:
Jesus saith unto him {the Apostle Thomas}, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

During the Old Testament times, God was forever coming to the believers through His Prophets to inspire them with His blessings. However, in the Gospel period in John 14:6 Jesus reveals another dynamic, that believers would be able to personally approach God as their own Father. Jesus was the way, truth, and lifeline into the very heart of our heavenly Father.

John 14:8:
Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. {“Sufficeth us,” basically means that it would be a terrific thing, and if you (Jesus) are the way to the Father, then let us get to the “show” part of “show and tell.”}

John 14: 9b:
. . . he that hath seen me {Jesus} hath seen the Father.

Jesus’ very life was a manifestation of God, of Jehovah, and of Elohim. Jesus as God’s Son was the Father’s ambassador and he represented and displayed to the people the true character, heart, and love of the Father, for Jesus’ life was to show God in a new light as our heavenly Father.

John 16:25-27a:
-25: These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh {what Jesus was speaking about is a future day, and now that future day has arrived}, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall show you {more} plainly of the Father.
-26: At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you: {—As he was currently doing for them, but soon they themselves could simply pray in the name of Jesus Christ and their heavenly Father would answer their prayers without a mediator between them and their Father (Ephesians 2:18).}
-27a: For the Father himself loveth you. . .

Jesus is still “the way {to the Father’s love}, the truth, and the life,” so as you continue to understand and follow Jesus, the door to the heart of the Father becomes more and more opened. Understanding God as your heavenly Father is really a love-based, intimate relationship that can only be appreciated between a Father and His own son or daughter. Jesus, in giving you his name to use in prayer, has presented you with the passkey that opens up your heavenly Father’s home, all the way to the right hand of God.

Understanding God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

For so many people, God is simply a name or title that carries empty meanings. Some refer to Him as “the man upstairs,” or think along the lines of, “I know that there is something out there because of the order and perfection of life,” but whatever power He has or whoever He is, is just not understood. The reason that so many people think this way is because they have never been introduced to God’s heart and His healing Word.

Someone once said, in essence, “I can see how man can look at the works of man and say there is no God, but I cannot see how man can look into the starry heavens or view life all around us and still say there is no God.” There are seven major aspects of who God is which help us to understand His relationship to man. The more we understand God via His Word, the greater our spiritual lives inevitably will become. God indeed has purpose to everything He does and the blessed duty of man is to walk into the spiritual understanding of the ways of God. The more abundant life God indeed reveals to us as we come to know and understand Him through His revealed Word.

Exodus 3:14:
And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

The most basic understanding of these words I AM THAT I AM, means that God cannot deny Himself, for He is Who He is. The Apostle Paul said “by the grace of God I am what I am:” (I Corinthians 15:9), because Paul could not deny who he was, and that he was who he was by the grace of God; it is the same with us and with God (Hebrews 11:6). In Exodus chapter 3, God was preparing Moses to deliver the children of Israel from the bondage of slavery, but this was not all that God told Moses to say to the children of Israel.

Exodus 3:15a:
And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you. . .

So Moses had more to go on than simply to say, “I AM sent me unto you,” but also to inform them that the same God their ancestors believed in and hoped on has “sent me unto you.”

Exodus 6:2-3:
-2: And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD:
-3: And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.

Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob never knew God by the name of Jehovah, only by God Almighty. The significance of this is in understanding what is in God’s name because the more we understand the distinctions within the names of God (and there are many), the more we can understand God Himself. Throughout the ages God has been revealing ever more of Himself to His children, and some of this “understanding God” we will be looking at in this study.

Psalms 100:3a:
Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves. . .

In this verse, we learn that the LORD is God. The Hebrew word for LORD is Jehovah and means God’s personal relationship to what He has created. The Hebrew word for God is Elohim and means God’s relationship to His creation. Jehovah (Lord) always implies God’s horizontal relationship between men and Himself, while Elohim (God) always implies God’s vertical relationship between man and God, Who is the Almighty Creator.

In Psalms 100:3, we see that God the Creator wants to have a personal relationship with those whom He has created, and made. “For he that cometh to God must believe that he is …” (Hebrews 11:6). God’s Word says He made us; we never sprang up from vapor or crawled out of the ocean after a big bang or by any other “weird” means. When Christians come to the place in their own believing that it truly was God Who made us, then God’s wonderful relationship with us begins to manifests itself in our hearts. Then we can say with believing conviction “by the grace of God I am what I am.”

A Structure of Genesis 19:1-26:

Titled: A Day with Lot and the Angels

(Repeated Alternation Structure)

A. 1| verses 1-4, Evening. The Angels’ reception by Lot.

    B. 1| verses 6-8, Lot’s grievances with sodomites.

A. 2| verses 10-13, Nighttime. The Angels’ protection of Lot. (Announcement of the destruction of Sodom.)

    B. 2| verse 14, Lot’s criticisms of his family.

A. 3| verses 15-17, Dawning. Jehovah merciful with Lot.

    B. 3| verses 18-20, Lot’s rights with Jehovah.

A. 4| verses 21-26, Sunrise. Jehovah’s acquiescence with Lot. (Destruction of Sodom.)

As illustrated in the E-booklet series, Geneses (chapter eight), written by ~LMJ~