Psalm 32- WHAT DOES GOD WANT?
We ask little children, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
We ask teens, “Where do you want to go to college.”
We ask young adults, “Where do you want to work and what kind of job do you want to do?”
We ask older adults, “Where and when do you want to retire?”
We also ask questions like, “Where do you want to go to church?” or, “How do you want to spend your time?”
We are constantly asking the question, “What do you want?”
We are constantly answering the question, “What do I want?”
It seems to me that we focus too much on the “wants” of others and especially the “wants” of ourselves, without seriously considering the “wants” of God! We would do better to ask the question “What does God want of me, my family and my friends?”
Our text gives us an idea of the some the things God wants.
GOD WANTS US TO BE CLEANSED – Vss. 1-2
God’s purpose for every individual is that they would receive the initial cleansing that salvation brings (1 Timothy 2:3-4). After that God wants us to keep short accounts with Him, allowing Him to continually cleanse us (1 John 1:7).
GOD WANTS US TO BE CONVICTED – Vss. 3-4
One of the jobs of the Holy Spirit is to convict of sin (John 16:8-11). God will convict us of our need to make things right with Him. We should be thankful when God does not allow us to rest until we deal with sin.
GOD WANTS US TO CONFESS – Vs. 5-6
When a Christian confesses his/her sin, God cleanses, and restores the fellowship that has been lacking between Him and the believer. Psalm 66:18, 1 John 1:9,
GOD WANTS US TO BE CONFIDENT – Vss. 7-8
God wants us to be confident in His protection. Vs. 7
God wants us to be confident in His guidance. Vs. 8
GOD WANTS US TO COOPERATE – Vss. 9-11
We cooperate by:
1. Not acting like a dumb animal. Vs. 9
2. Trusting the Lord. Vs. 10
3. Rejoicing in the Lord. Vs. 11