Home > Personal Spiritual Development > A Short Manifesto for Troubled Times? November 14, 2013
Psalm 32:6-8
“Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found. Surely in a flood of great waters they will not reach Him.  You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance.  I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”  (NAS)
I wonder if this portion of Psalm 32 is a “short manifesto” to each one of us who is walking and seeking His will in a perilous segment of time?

 Jesus lived in a society of uncertainty and turmoil.  Alive and dwelling in us, He still does.  David, the author of Psalm 32, linked verse 6a to the first two verses of the Psalm, which say “how blessed” is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered; how blessed “is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity…” (v. 2)

Jesus is “the man.”  We are “the man” because “…now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ,” (Eph. 2:13) and “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor. 5:21)  Sin is no longer our issue.  Plain and simple.  To us, He may always be found.

Why, then, is there so much doubt, fear, confusion, unbelief, so much sincere (but often frustrated) “searching for God” in painful, complex situations?  Maybe it’s because the enemy and the world have meshed into a great partnership to focus our attention on “a flood of great waters.”  King David is straightforward in stating, “Surely in a flood of great waters they will not reach Him.”

Is David stating that God’s ear is deafened by the noise?  No –  but he could be warning that our voice to Him becomes weak and muted, perhaps even silent; our faith does not grasp hold of, cling to, violently embrace and insist on proving the truth of what is stated next:   “You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance.” (v. 7)

 That is the pivot point.  The truth is that we are not surrounded by a “flood of great waters”  and unable to reach Him.

 That is what the world and the enemy earnestly desires us to believe.  That is what political systems and governments want us to believe.  That is what kingdoms ruled by men want us to believe.  When we look at circumstances and come to that conclusion, and we cannot connect with our God because of the “flood,” we are easy prey.  But it’s not the truth.  Say it out loud:  That’s not the truth! 

This is the truth:  we are surrounded by Abba, as our hiding place; we are preserved by Abba, from trouble; Abba encases each of us with songs of deliverance and lovingkindness.  (v. 7, 10)

The next verse is a divine promise to us all, not a statement to a long-gone ruler of Israel:  “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.” (v. 8)

Jesus reiterated and moved the parameter of this promise when He told His disciples, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:18)  Earlier, He has promised, “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me?…I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever.” (John 14:10, 16)  The second pronoun “He” does not refer to “Helper.”  It is true that the Holy Spirit is with us forever, but He is the Vehicle through which this happens:  He (the Father) gives us the Helper so that He (the Father) may be with us forever.

“For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him?  Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.” (I Cor. 2:11)  He, Abba, could only promise to counsel David with His “eye”set upon Him.

 The counsel that we receive is given with much, much more upon us, within us, and all around us.