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WHERE PSALMS ARE WRITTEN:
In the Hiding Place
We are looking at some psalms which are taken from the life of David that the
Holy Spirit gave David to compose at crucial times in his life. That’s why I have called
this series, Where Psalms are Written. In a variety of circumstances David composed
these beautiful psalms. We see how that wherever you are in life, whatever your
circumstances are, God can put a song in your heart and meet the need in your life.
When you think about the life of David there are two episodes which immediately
come to mind. There is first of all the Goliath experience which has to stand as one of the
great victories in the life of David. The other episode is the Bathsheba affair which was
the greatest defeat David experienced in his life. It was a defeat that dogged him the rest
of his days. It is the watershed event in his life, that sad experience when David the king,
David a man after God’s own heart, sinned and disobeyed the Lord.
During this period of time there were two psalms that David composed--Psalm 51
and Psalm 32. In Psalm 51 David made a promise to the Lord. He said in verse 12 and
13, “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then
will I teach transgressors thy ways and sinners shall be converted unto thee.” David is
saying, “Lord, if you will forgive me and cleanse me of my sin I will take my experience
and use it as an opportunity to teach others about your forgiveness and your mercy.
In the little title in Psalm 32 it says, “A Psalm of David, Maschil.” The word,
maschil, means to give instructions. So, Psalm 32 is David obeying what he promised the
Lord he would do if God would forgive him. “I will teach transgressors thy ways.” We
learn in Psalm 32 beautiful lessons about what to do when we have sinned and need the
forgiveness of the Lord.
The first two verses of the chapter are really in ...
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