Psalm 32, Joy Is Promised To Those Who Trust God

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Psalm 32, Joy Is Promised To Those Who Trust God
1. God’s Forgiveness Produces Great Joy (v1-2)
2. Joy Is Destroyed By Unconfessed Sin (v3-5)
3. God Wants To Lead You To Greater Joy (v6-9)
4. Choose To Trust God For Eternal Joy (v10-11)

Pastor Jerry Simmons sharing Psalm 32, Joy Is Promised To Those Who Trust God

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Jerry Simmons shared this Verse By Verse Bible study from Psalm on Sunday, April 17, 2022.

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As we spend time together in Psalm Chapter 32 this morning, I've titled The Message Joy is promised to those who trust God, and I want to encourage you to grasp hold of this truth. This morning, joy is promised to those Who trust God

We're working our way through the Bible in three years and right now reading through the Book of Psalms and one of the chapters we read this week was here. Psalm chapter 32.

And as I was praying about the things that God would have us to consider this morning.

And thinking about the resurrection of Jesus.

And of course many times it would be natural to turn to the New Testament and to look at some of the accounts there in the gospel to revisit the reality of the resurrection of Jesus and tell that story.

But you know one of the interesting things about the resurrection of Jesus is it's not just an event that happened on occasion.

And there's history.

There's facts, and and those kinds of things.

But the resurrection of Jesus is the fulfillment of all scripture, the resurrection of Jesus is the fulfillment of the plans and the purposes that God has for us and the rest.

Of the scriptures.

Are valuable and have such a huge impact because of the reality.

Of who Jesus is, and the fact that he rose again from the dead.

The reality is that Jesus being God became man.

To die upon the cross, taking the penalty for your sin and for my sin.

And throughout his life in ministry, he made some really bold.

And insane claims if they are not true.

One of the claims that he made was that he would be put to death.

He would be crucified and he would rise again on the third day.

And the resurrection validates all of those claims that Jesus made.

It authenticates it and proves that he is who he said he is, and.

There's many scriptures that attest to that that God.

Put his seal of approval on the ministry on the message of Jesus by raising him from the dead.

One example of this is Romans chapter one.

Here in Romans chapter one the apostle Paul talking about the gospel or the good news.

Declares that the good news is about his.

Son, that's Jesus.

In his earthly life he was born into King David's family line that was his heritage physically.

And he was shown to be the son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit.

He is Jesus Christ, our Lord.

There, Paul says he was shown to be the son of God.

Now throughout Jesus Ministry he claimed to be the son of God.

That claim was proven when he was.

Raised from the dead.

Everything that Jesus said and all of his ministry, all of his claims, his claim to be the way, the truth and the life of all that Jesus promised and declared was validated, authenticated.

By God when Jesus rose again on that third day and so.

All of the scriptures.

And all the promises of God and all the work of God, the whole plan of redemption that God has for us, the hope of eternity and every good thing that God has in store for us comes through the funnel of Jesus Christ.

And is fulfilled precisely because Jesus rose from the dead.

And the scriptures teach that there is.

No other way.

And so if Jesus had not risen from the dead, then we would have no promises to hold onto.

We would have no good things to look forward to, no, no blessings to receive because everything that God has for us.

Comes through.

The person and the work of Jesus Christ and what he did for us.

One example of the things that Christ has done for us and given to us is joy. And here in Psalm chapter 32, we find a great song speaking about incredible joy that comes after failure after blowing it big time after messing up.

Those who trust in God.

Well, God promises because of what Christ has done.

Joy is still possible.

Joy is still guaranteed, and so this morning as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we celebrate the promise of joy no matter what happens in our life, no matter where we go and and what we do.

As believers in Jesus as those who will put our faith and trust in God, there is a promise of joy that we can hold onto without wavering, knowing that he who promised is faithful.

And so I want to work through this Psalm with you going through four points as we look at this passage and.

Considering this joy that is promised to us and it starts with forgiveness point number one as we look at verses one and two. Is that God's forgiveness?

Produces great joy.

God's forgiveness produces great joy. David, as the author of this song.

Experience this first hand and this song is really a recounting.

A retelling of what he experienced in having his sins forgiven.

Looking again at verses one and two, here's what it says.

Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight.

Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt.

Whose lives are lived in complete honesty.

What Joy David says.

Now David, of course we know him to be a man of God and has the witness and the testimony of being a man after God's own heart.

And yet, as we've seen many times in all of the great men of the Bible and women of the Bible.

As good as they are, as admirable as they are, as you know, we can look up to them and admire their faith and their their great deeds for the Lord.

We also recognize every one of them was flawed and sinful and had issues of failure.

Before the Lord.

And David is no stranger to the idea of disobedience.

He obeyed God.

He loved God.

He worshipped God.

He walked with God and he also disobeyed God.

That was part of it.

Now, one thing that made David unique and and really kind of stand apart, especially in contrast to Saul, who was king before him, is that when David was made aware of his failures when.

Recognized that he had sinned against the Lord, he was quick.

To turn and confess his sin and repent and turn from that's in back to the Lord. And so this is what made David a man after God's own heart, that anytime he recognized he was out of sync and out of line, he would do his best to get back in tune with God and back in right relationship with God.

And as he writes this song, he's writing from a condition of having been disobedient.

And having the weight of guilt and the the burden that he felt within and the the disconnect between him and God that had happened.

As a result, he was experiencing all of that.

But now.

He's experienced forgiveness.

Now he is.

Been brought back into right fellowship with God.

And so he's not just talking theoretically, he's not just hypothetically, you know if there is someone who was disobedient and they had sinned.

Oh, you know I could just imagine what joy they might experience right now.

He's saying what joy I I can testify have the joy because I have the joy.

The transition from disobedience and all of the the hurts and the heartache and the misery within as a result of that to now, this state of right fellowship with God.

Oh what Joy am I experiencing right now.

David is saying.

He's saying I'm blessed.

I am incredibly overwhelmed with God goodness in my life.

Because my disobedience is forgiven.

My sin is put out.

Of sight.

What joy for those whose disobedience is.

Forgiven now, joy, of course, is a deep.

Topic and and there's much we could say about it, but.

I would just like to call to your mind the reality that there is a difference between temporary and eternal joy.

It's often stated this way, and it's not exactly precise as far as language is concerned, but.

It paints the picture.

Happiness is based on happenings.

That you can be happy because of what is happening to you, but if something else is happening to you then you are not happy because you don't like what's happening to you, right?

That happiness and happenings.

It works together well to give us that picture.

Of the temporary.

Whereas Joy has a little bit more depth to it, in fact.

James and James chapter one tells us to count it all joy when you face various trials and temptations.

Count it all joy when you face all kinds of hardships and difficulties.

There's a joy that can be had that supersedes any happenings that we experience in this life.

And we go through hardship and difficulty.

We go through hurts and.

Heartache we do.

And yet we can have joy.

Now the reality again.

Again, the semantics that happiness enjoy there they're synonymous in many ways, and we can try to make happiness limited to the temporary.

It doesn't actually only limit it to that right, but it works to help illustrate for us this difference between the temporary and the eternal.

It caused me to think about the lame guy in Mark Chapter 2.

I don't know if you remember this guy.

He was paralyzed.

He couldn't walk and so he was subjected to a life of laying around and being carried about and.

He had a few friends who decided, hey, there's a prophet here.

Jesus is then healing people and maybe we should get our paralyzed friend.

Over to Jesus.

Perhaps he could be healed.

Perhaps he could walk again, and so they try to bring this guy to Jesus, but.

Jesus is too popular.

The House where Jesus is is too crowded and they're trying to get in this door.

It's packed.

There's no room to get in.

They go around the other side.

There's there's no room to get in that way either.

They're looking at the windows to see if they can crawl through, but Nope, there there's no room that the house is so.

Packed they they can't get in from any side.

And so.

They resort to more creative measures.

Mar Chapter 2, verse four.

It says they couldn't bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head.

Then they lowered the man on his mat right down in front of Jesus.

Seeing their faith, Jesus said.

To the paralyzed man, my child.

Your sins are forgiven.

This is a great story, right?

Because if you could imagine this church being so filled that you couldn't get in the front door that you.

Couldn't get in the back door.

And then all of a sudden, while I'm here, teaching someone starts coming through the roof, right?

Like that would be quite shocking.

But they got this guy to Jesus.

And imagine the four friends here.

You know they're working hard.

This is not, you know.

Well, we tried, you know, after the first attempt, like they're going at it from every angle, they're they're doing anything that they can.

They're desperate to get their friend in front of Jesus.

And they finally do.

And they're holding their breath.

Perhaps their anticipation is really high.

They're excited.

Jesus is going to heal our friend.

We work so.

Hard and now Jesus is going to heal him.

But instead what Jesus says in verse five is my child.

Your sins are forgiven.

And it doesn't say this in the text, but you can kind of imagine the guy saying.

But we were trying to get him to walk again.

We're tired of carrying.

Him around like we were hoping that he could have his life restored.

I mean OK, sins forgiven, that's important, but oh if only he could walk again.

And you can see the difference that we often struggle with in our minds, between the temporary and eternal.

Now Jesus does go on to heal him so that he's able to walk.

But first he addresses the bigger need.

The greatest need that this paralyzed guy had was not to walk.

That wasn't the the biggest thing he needed.

That wasn't the most important thing for him.

The important thing for him.

Was to have his sins.

Forgiven and the paralyzed guy may or may not have recognized that we don't know his four friends.

They may or may not have recognized that.

But looking at the word of God, we can understand.

This was the reality as much as they wanted him to walk as much as perhaps he himself looked forward to this occasion so that he could stand on his own feet and take steps all on his own.

And and what?

An amazing experience that would have been.

But Jesus looked through the temporary and said, you know what you need most?

Is not that temporary thing and this is one of the things that we need to consider when we consider joy.

God does work.

In this life, and he does miracles and in our lives that we get to experience right now.

But never let the temporary distract you from the reality of eternity.

And when you understand eternity when eternity is in scope, when you recognize what you need and you're evaluating your life, and how good is your life and and what you have going on.

David here says what joy?

For those whose disobedience is forgiven.

It's amazing to consider the context.

Because this song most likely.

Comes at the heels of David's sin with Bathsheba.

His adultery, the murder that he commits to try to.

Cover it up.

If you are familiar with the accounts found in Second Samuel Chapter 11 and 12, if you want.

To check it out later.

He experiences some severe consequences as a result.

Of this disobedience.

But at the same time.

He's able to say.

What joy?

The child that is the product of this adulterous relationship actually dies.

And yet, David.

Is able to say what joy.

For those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt.

Not that.

The consequences weren't hurtful and painful, and didn't mean anything to David.

But having his eyes on the eternal perspective, he understood.

The thing that he needed most.

Was not for his child to live.

The thing that he needed most.

Was God's forgiveness.

And he's astounded and amazed.

As deep and as dark as his sin was that God was willing and able to forgive.

These verses mention sin in a couple different ways.

It speaks about disobedience or transgression, which is that deliberate sin.

I know what God has said and I deliberately say I don't care.

I'm going to do what I want.

David clearly knew adultery was wrong.

He clearly knew murder was wrong.

There was no like I don't know, it was kind of a Gray area, so I just kind of hope for the best, you know, no he knew and he did it anyways.

That's disobedience transgression, but there's also sin, which is you're not trying to disobey God, you're not trying to go against God.

Being sinful creatures, we miss the mark, and even when we're trying our hardest to do good and to do what's right.

We don't quite make it.

And so we sin.

Sometimes it's a deliberate violation, sometimes it's accidentally.

We don't quite measure up, even if we try.

And here David is encompassing all of that.

In this passage, saying.

God's forgiveness produces great joy.

God can forgive.

The worst of the worst of the worst.

And again, David is not speaking hypothetically here, he's saying I've done the worst.

And what joy?

For those whose record the Lord has cleared.

Of guilt.

What joy?

Blessid is the one who.

Has their sins forgiven?

Some chapter one.

Talks about the Blessed Man also.

The Blessid one who does not walk.

In the path of the wicked or sit in the seat of the scornful.

Nor stand with.

I think it's actually stand with the scornful and sit with the mockers.

But you get the point.

Psalm chapter one.

We get the joy, the blessedness of the one who doesn't go astray.

But here in Psalm 32 we get the joy, the blessedness of the one who does go astray.

But gets to be forgiven and think about that for a second. It's the same word for joy, that same blessedness in Psalm one is found in Psalm 32. That same blessedness that same relationship with God and and receiving from God this joy that same joy is found from those who.

Never departed from the right way, as those who did depart.

But we're forgiven and brought back into right fellowship with God.

God's forgiveness produces great joy, as great as the joy of one who had not sinned at all. That's incredible joy. What a great joy God has given to us in his forgiveness.

By dying upon the cross for our sin.

Resurrecting from the dead to authenticate his claim to be able to forgive sins, to wash, and to cleanse all who call upon him.

God's forgiveness produces great joy while moving along. Here in Psalm chapter 32, we're going to hit verses 3 through 5 now for the second point to consider, and that is that joy is destroyed by unconfessed sin.

In contrast to the forgiveness that produces joy.

There is the destruction of joy that happens.

At the occurrence of the occasion.

Deliberate pursuit of sin.

That is not repented of and not confessed some chapter 32 verses 3 through 5 says.

When I refused to confess my sin.

My body wasted away.

And I groaned all day long.

Day and night.

Your hand of discipline.

Was heavy on me.

My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.

I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt.

I said to myself, I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.

And you forgave me?

All my guilt.

Is gone.

Again, David here is just in awe.

At the grease and the mercy of God.

How much he has sinned and how badly he's blown it.

And yet at the end now.

God was even willing to forgive him, but.

There was a little.

Bit of a path that David had to journey through to get there.

Because this was one of those unusual occasions in David's life.

He had sinned against the Lord, but instead of quickly turning back and making things right.

He tried for a time.

To move on with his life as if nothing had happened.

And so he says in verse three, when I refused to confess my sin.

We're seeing a little bit of hardness in David's heart at.

This point in his life.

He knows he's done wrong.

He knows he has disobeyed God.

But he's not willing to confess.

The idea of confess don't think about the the Catholic version of it.

Confess literally, it means to agree with God about sin.

It's a confession primarily that's happening between an individual and the Lord, not an individual and.

Some other person.

It's a confession that Lord you are right.

What I have done is wrong and I must turn from it and amends.

Must be made.

It's agreeing with God about the reality of sin.

And there was a a period in David's life where he refused to agree with God.

He said no, I'm not going to admit that I'm not going to agree with you about that.

I'm going to try to continue to move on like nothing has happened.

But in this season of David's life, he experienced some really severe.

Results in attempting.

To avoid confession.

He says my body wasted away.

And I groaned all day long.

David good at describing the misery.

Of living with unconfessed sin.

His body physically was just wasting away.

He was deteriorating.

He didn't have the health, the vigor, the youthfulness that he once had.

He didn't have the strength, he didn't.

Because, well, there was probably many sleepless nights.

As he tossed and turned.

As he was weighed down with the burden of guilt, he says, I groaned all day long.

It's not just the outside, but the.

Inside too, I'm just.

Oh so miserable.

Again, the backdrop to this is second Samuel 11 and 12, and David committed adultery with Bathsheba.

Once he was made aware of her pregnancy as a result, he was like oh man, I'm in trouble.

It's going to be exposed and so he made arrangements for her husband to come back from the battlefield.

He was trying to get the husband to spend some time with the wife so that later on when it was discovered that she was pregnant, the husband goes, Oh yeah, that's why I came back from battle and spent some time with my wife.

OK, so it makes sense.

I mean, I guess a.

Little early this baby.

That came, but you know it's kind of close enough that.

Makes sense I I can.

I can buy that.

That was David's plan.

But the husband wouldn't go spend time with his wife, 'cause the Ark of God was out in the battlefield.

His men were out in.

The battlefield he's like, I can't.

Go enjoy pleasures at home while.

All of my comrades are out there on the battlefield, and so David had to come up with a new plan.

He wrote instructions, instructions to the commander of the Army to put.

To put him in the most dangerous spot of the battle and then withdraw and leave him by himself.

Sent back these instructions with Uriah Bathsheba's husband.

He delivered them.

And the instructions were carried out.

He was put to death.

At David's hand murdered her husband.

To try to cover.

Up this sin that had been committed now.

At this moment, by all outward appearances, his plan worked.

I mean, it looks like from his perspective he's looking at himself in.

The mirror thinking I think we pulled this off.

I got away with it.

All the loose ends are tide up.

That Sheba, after you're done grieving, come be my wife.

And then you'll have a baby and everything.

Looks good, no?

Nobody really knows the wiser.

Well, you know some people knew.

There was some servants involved.

There was Joab who had the instructions from David to put Uriah to death.

I mean, some people knew, but you know, generally speaking, nobody knows.

Devo is king.

Nobody is going to call him to account on.

This issue they were just going.

To follow, I mean he had all the power.

And it looked like.

He was.

Doing great everything was fine.

Other people didn't know about this inner turmoil that he was experiencing.

He thought he could get away with unconfessed sin.

But he says day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.

My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.

You know we have this.

Fountain right out here in front of the church.

Roger does a great job maintaining it and it needs a lot of maintenance because like every day.

All the water evaporates.

And then it just sits there dry and if the pump keeps running then the pump burns out and.

We've probably put.

Hundreds of pumps in that fountain over the years.

'cause the water just evaporates some of it's 'cause of the sun.

Some of it's because of our corona wind, right?

Just as it's falling down, it just blows it so it never hits the bottom.

David says that that's how my strength.

I just I tried to regain my strength.

I tried to, you know, summon up and and and be like I used to be, but I was just drive is empty.

There was this dull ache inside because.

Your hand of discipline was heavy on me, the Lord.

Would not let David get away.

With this in everybody else around him would let they would get away with it.

Those who knew they were going to letting him get away with it.

He was keen with what could they do?

And for the majority of the people, the rest of the Kingdom they didn't even know.

That anything had occurred, but God knew.

And so David here experiences this time of chastening, this time of discipline.

Where God is clearly telling David, I know it seems like nobody else knows David, but I know what you've done.

I know.

And you're not going to get away with this.

You can't just move on as if nothing had happened.

You need to deal.

With the sin that has been committed, Pastor Warren Wiersbe says chastening isn't a judge punishing a criminal.

It's a loving father, dealing with his disobedient children to bring them willingly to the place of surrender.

This wasn't judgment for David Sin that he was experiencing.

This wasn't God trying to pay him.

Back for his sin.

This was God.

Tightening tightening tightening tightening tightening, tightening tightening until finally David is willing to say, OK, you're right God.

I confess.

I have sinned against you and so he's experiencing all of this inner turmoil.

He's experiencing the the weight of his guilt and then finally God sends the prophet Nathan to confront David.

Tells him a parable.

David gets upset, calls for an execution that doesn't.

Isn't an appropriate response to the story that Nathan told him.

And Nathan uses that to say.

Nathan David, you're that guy.

You're that guy who deserves to die.

You're that guy, you you have done this, but even more severely.

And it was at that moment that David finally confessed.

And here in verse five he says, finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt.

I said to myself, I will confess my rebellion to the Lord and you forgave me.

All my guilt.

Is gone.

David is marveling.

He at one time had great joy.

In fellowship with God.

As you read through the Psalms, you can see Psalm after Psalm.

Yes, he had hardships in trouble, but there was this persistent relationship with God that David enjoyed.

But here in this season there was no psalms, there was no, you know, joyful celebration of God's presence and God's work in his life.

It was a full time job trying to hide his guilt.

That's all his soul could handle and he was wrestling with it and trying and not doing a good job of it feeling the brunt of the guilt.

Trying not to confess it to God.

And so, finally he says.

I confess all my sins.

To you, finally it's about a.

Year later, we estimate.

A year late, a year of justice hard.

Internal battles.

Crushing weights.

I confessed all my sins to you.

It's a little bit counter intuitive because we could think well if I admit my sin.

Then God will say I knew it and then smack right?

Like that's what I've been waiting for you to admit it.

So now I can really take you out.

But here's the way God works.

When you admit your sin when you confess and agree with God about the reality of sin and and your disobedience to him.

That is, when God is able to then forgive.

In second Samuel chapter 12.

Again, the prophet Nathan is the one who goes to David and it tells us in verse 9.

David, Speaker Nathan speaking to David.

Why then, have you despised the word of the Lord and have done this horrible deed?

For you have murdered.

Uriah the Hittite, with the sword of the Ammonites, and stolen his wife.

David, what you did was horrible.

Not just a little bit bad, not just you know.

You did horrible.

But it brought David to this point here that we're looking at in this song, David confessed.

I have sinned against the Lord, but notice what Nathan immediately says.

Nathan replied yes.

But the Lord has forgiven you, and you won't die for this sin.

See the irony there?

If David continued to insist I haven't sinned, I haven't done anything wrong.

I don't need to get right.

I don't need to change anything.

He would live disconnected to God.

And experience the judgment of God.

But if David would agree with God and admit I have sinned against the Lord, the immediate response from The Lord is yes, you have, and you're forgiven.

That God calls us to confess.

He calls us to agree with him, to to come to recognize the reality.

Of our disobedience to him.

And our temptation is.

Our tendency is to refuse to do that.

And what we experience in that is like the David experience, the joy in our lives is just destroyed.

The lights you know, joyful.

Even under trials, that the joy that we had even under hardships and difficulties, the joy that we had in the presence of God in fellowship with God.

It's just.

Wiped away and destroyed.

When we try to live.

Without agreement with God.

Trying to deceive ourselves trying to deceive everyone around us.

Trying to deceive God himself.

Declaring I don't need to get right.

There's nothing I need to change.

I've got good reasons for what I did, and so.

I'm not going to admit it.

I'm not going to confess it.

And it destroys.

The joy that God wants to provide to us.

But then confession.

Produces that great joy and it takes us back to verse one and two.

And what joy, Oh my goodness finally, after fighting this battle and carrying this weight for so long, finally I confessed and then.

Whoa, what a change.

That guilt removed those sins, washed that heart.

Oh my goodness, why did I wait so long to do this right?

And you can kind of hear that tone in.

David's song.

Here that the joy that's just overwhelming.

That finally he's come to the point.

And now he can see the difference night and day.

Between when he was without joy.

With unconfessed sin.

And now the recipient of forgiveness.

Overflowing, overwhelmed with joy from God.

While continuing on in verses 6 through 9, we get the Third Point this morning and that is that God wants to lead you to greater joy.

That joy that is provided as we are experiencing his forgiveness is great and awesome and so valuable and refreshing compared to.

Where we've just been in that state of unconfessed sin and our joy destroyed, but.

But then there's more to the story after that that there's even greater things that God wants to do, and more that he wants to accomplish.

He hasn't written David off, and he's not done with David at this time there.

There is more for David to experience in his relationship with God.

Let's read verses 6 to 9, it says.

Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time.

That they may not drown.

In the flood waters of judgment.

For you are my hiding place.

You protect me from trouble.

You surround me with songs of victory.

The Lord says I will guide you along the best pathways for your life.

I will advise you and watch over.

You do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.

David recognizes the change the transformation that's taken place in his life.

And so he says, there in verses 6 and seven everybody needs to do this.

Let all the godly pray while there's still time.

Don't put it off like I did.

Don't wait to get right with God.

Don't wait to drown in the flood waters of judgment like I did.

Go quickly, run to get right with God as you find yourself out of line with God.

Don't don't go through this season like I did.

Verse seven is interesting, he says, for you are my hiding place.

Few moments earlier he was trying to hide from God.

He was trying to hide his guilt.

But now, having acknowledged his sin before the Lord.

No longer hiding now, God has become his hiding place.

He says you protect me from trouble.

What a transformation?

What a change.

From hiding from God to now hiding in God.

Having the protection of God, the surrounding of God, he says you surround me with songs of victory, the promises now all claimable again.

All of the joys, all of the victories, all of the things that God would want to accomplish in David's life were now accessible again.

Because he had turned back.

To get right with God to acknowledge his sin.

And verses 8 and 9 record God response to David.

David says everybody needs to call out to God.

And God says, yes, that's right.

I will guide you.

Along the best pathway for your life.

I will advise you and watch over you.

God says, look, I want it I want.

To do good.

Things in your life.

I want to take you down a course that brings you more joy.

Better things, better experiences with me and then for all of eternity.

You don't have to figure out life on your own.

You don't have to try to invent yourself a course.

God says, let me guide you.

You think this joy is great?

There's more joy ahead if you'll allow me to lead you and advise you, I'll watch over you.

There's a joy.

There's a happiness that comes.

With a life of surrender to God and allowing God to dictate what we do, where we go?

We do it.

Who we do it with.

God says I've.

Got good plans for you for even greater joy.

I like what Charles Spurgeon says about this.

He says this happiness is as attainable by the poor, the forgotten and the obscure as by those whose names figure in history and are trumpeted by fame.

It comes to any man or woman who loves God and.

Seeks to obey him.

This joy this happiness that God wants to provide this guidance and direction is not for a select few.

You don't have to reach notoriety or some you know spiritual fame.

You don't have to experience any of that any any person, any poor person and you've forgotten obscure.

Person who nobody even knows or pays attention to can experience this joy.

That comes.

From obedience.

In surrender.

Where God guides and he leads and he guides our life.

Now God goes on to give a little bit of a caution.

In contrast to that, that life of surrender, which gives God guidance and all that he has in store verse 9 says, do not be like the senseless horse or mule.

That needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.

David experienced the bit and bridle over the past year or so.

The heavyweights trying to get away from escape from God and God having to tug on and say David, you're going the wrong way.

And he was experiencing the constraints.

As God was bringing him to that place where he'd be willing to confess.

And so God says to David, extends it to all of us.

Don't be senseless like that, that's senseless.

To have to.

Force God.

To bring these constraints upon you so that finally you break and listen to him.

It's picturing here the breaking of a horse or a mule.

The breaking of a stubborn animal who refuses to.

Follow the chorus that the writer is setting.

God says, don't be like that.

If I just move the reins slightly.

That's the extent of my horse knowledge, so that's the extent of the illustration, right?

But if I just kind of like just gently?

One of the first times I ever got on a horse.

They put spurs on my shoes and I was trying to kick the horse with the spurs but I had no.

I had to do how to do it and so I was just hurting the horse, making it jump around.

It was really bad.

'cause don't make me do that.

To you put on Spurs and you know.

Code you produce prod you to to get going to pull on these reins and pull that bit in your mouth and.

And God says, look, I love you too much to leave you in that state of unconfessed sin, but.

But you don't have to come to that point.

You'd have to make it that hard.

Just feel the slight change of the reins.

Don't be like the senseless horse or mule.

Which needs these constraints that keep it under control.

Listen to me.

And submit yourself to me.

Surrender to me.

Quickly now.

Those means finally.

Point #4 is we look at 10 and 11. Choose to trust God for eternal joy. Verse 10 says.

Many sorrows come to the wicked.

But unfailing love surrounds those who.

Trust in the Lord.

So rejoice in the Lord, and be glad all you who obey him shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure.

David wraps up the song laying for us.

The choices?

Door number one door number 2 door number one has many sorrows.

Many sorrows come to the wicked.

David says I chose door number one for a long time and I experienced many sorrows.

Door #2

He says unfailing love surrounds those who trust.

The Lord.

Leaves before us.

Clearly the options God loves to do this.

He does this many times throughout the scriptures.

He leaves down.

The choices, so it's clear right in front of us Moses when he was addressing the people with the instructions of God in Deuteronomy.

Chapter 30 says look I've I've set before you life and death blessing and curse.

Choose life.

Choose life, Moses says God speaking through Moses says to the people.

Here's the choices, and here's I'm going to give.

You a hint, choose.

Door #2 choose life.

Choose to trust God.

For eternal joy.

Rejoice in the Lord and be glad all you who obey him shout for joy.

All you whose hearts are pure, every one of us.

Have the choice.

We can experience the joy of the Lord.

We can experience many sorrows.

Experiencing the joy of the Lord doesn't mean that everything always goes perfectly in life, has no problems or issues or challenges, but.

But even in the midst of those, there is the joy of the Lord, and we have the promise of eternity and the joy that God has in store for us, for all eternity, that that remains no matter what we go.

Through in this life.

But the door of many sorrows.

Just gets worse and worse and more challenging and more difficult as we go.

So God says you.

Need to choose how to choose.

Well, he says, trust the Lord.

He says you need to believe God at his word.

Surrender to him and obey him.

Purify your heart that is, confess your sin.

You can't purify your heart by any actions or activities or doing good things to make up for the.

Bad things the.

Only way to have a pure heart is to confess.

The impurity of your heart.

And then God will cleanse your heart and then you'll have a pure heart.

Trust the Lord.

Believe God when he says that.

When you confess your sin, he is faithful and just to cleanse you from all unrighteousness.

Peter puts it this way in first Peter chapter one.

He says you love him even though you've never seen him.

And though you do not see him now, you trust him.

And you rejoice with a glorious and expressible joy.

The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.

We encounter God as those who have not seen him.

But having his word.

The validation.

Authentication of the Life and Ministry of Jesus and the fact that he resurrected from the dead.

We can trust him, and if we will trust him.

He promises.

Joy choose.

To trust God for eternal life, the worship teams that come up and close this in.

A song, and as they do.

I want to encourage you to consider these things.

It's time for you.

To make a choice.

And we've all made this choice.

One way or another, many times throughout our life.

Sometimes we've chosen the path of unconfessed sin like David, and sometimes we've chosen.

The path of confession and trusting in the Lord.

This morning God presents us this choice again.

It's a new and fresh opportunity.

Do you want?

To experience.

The joy that comes from forgiveness.

Don't let your.

Life and joy be destroyed by persisting.

And that which you know God has called you out of God wants to lead you to a greater joy.

But he gives you the choice.

He won't force this joy on you.

Have joy doing it right.

He's not going to force you.

He's saying you choose.

The choices are clear.

You have the option.

Life eternal joy everlasting.

It's up to you.

And so you can choose.

As I mentioned before, David Confession.

Nathan was there primarily.

David's confession, he says in the song here. I confess my sin to you, Lord.

During this time of worship, let's.

Let's do business with God.

Let's make our choice.

For God or against God.

Submit to God or disobey God.

Choose life and joy.

Or choose our own path.

And continue.

In the miserable existence that we've been experiencing, that's no way to live.

God doesn't want anybody to live that way, so turn from that.

And experience the joy the forgiveness call upon God.

Trust in him.

Believe him at his word and you will experience.

All that he has for you.

Let's worship the Lord together.