I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;

    I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

9 Do not be like the horse or the mule,

    which have no understanding

but must be controlled by bit and bridle

As we work through Psalm 32, we are continuing to reflect on some of the blessings of the ‘saved’ person. We have considered the blessing of prayer (6a), and the blessing of a relationship with God (6,7, 10). Today we are going to think about the blessing of guidance.

What a wonderful promise is contained in these verses! In my mind, I set alongside them Proverbs 3:5,6:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart

    and lean not on your own understanding;

6 in all your ways submit to him,

    and he will make your paths straight.

It has been pointed out that we experience God as our “hiding place’ (7) as we live under His guidance and watchful care. The safest (and sweetest) place in all the world in which to live is in the centre of God’s will. He knows what is best for us and where is best for us. May His will always be done!

As God guides us, our response should not be the forced compliance of an animal lacking understanding, but a loving obedience (9).

‘We ought to be as a feather in the wind, wafted readily in the breath of the Holy Spirit…’ C.H.Spurgeon: ‘Treasury of David’.

PRAYER: Lord God, you are the ‘Wonderful Counsellor”, and you are always with me – and in me. Help me to be alert to your voice: even to your faintest whispers; and when I hear you speak may I not be stubborn, but willing to go your way.