Shout for Joy

Series: For All the People | Week 3: The Guilty

Day Four Psalm 32:8-11

8 The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you.
9 Do not be like a senseless horse or mule
that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
10 Many sorrows come to the wicked,
but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord.
11 So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him!
Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!
– Psalm 32:8-11 (NLT)

1. What promise does God make to His people in verse 8?
2. Considering the example of the stubborn horse or mule in verse 9, how much joy do you imagine them truly experiencing in life?
3. How has David experienced the two extremes mentioned in verses 10-11?

Sometimes we hesitate to confess the things causing us guilt because we don’t trust that God truly has the best pathway in mind for us. We think turning from sin to follow Him will result in a life of drudgery or oppressive rule-following. But take note of the truth of these verses in response to that! Spend some time with God now, meditating on verse 8-9 especially (maybe read them in other translations). Confess any stubbornness that is keeping you from coming to God. Joy, gladness, and unfailing love from your heavenly Father are readily available!

For Families with Kids at Home:
We can often be stubborn when we don’t trust that someone else has our best interests at heart. It’s true for kids, and it’s often true of our own relationship with God! That stubbornness often pops up when we want to do things our way instead of God’s way. Ask your kids if there has ever been a time when you asked them to do something they didn’t want to do (take this as a chance to laugh about it with them!). Point out that in the same way, God often asks us to do hard things that are ultimately good for us, even though sometimes we might not want to do them. Pray that God would soften their hearts so that they would say “yes” to any hard things that God is asking of them!

For All the People