7/18 Psalm 32:9

9 Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.

This is another of David's psalms of repentance. He is recalling the faithfulness of God to convict our hearts and then to forgive us when we confess our sins. Not only does God forgive, but He is the shelter we seek in times of trouble. He is our guide and instructor through life. He watches our every step as a father watches over the child He loves.

Because these characteristics are true of His nature, we should not be like a beast that refuses to come to his master unless he has some good thing in his hand that it desires. If you've ever gone to a corral to saddle up a horse, you know they don't want to be near you. They know it means work and they'd just as soon wander around the coral and munch on oats.

David is telling us that we should not be like that dumb animal. We should desire God's presence at all times, even if it means work, or conviction, or direction. We can do our own thing, but then we are pretty useless. The bit and bridle may be affliction to make us come to God when we refuse to heed His voice. He'd rather not have to use the bit, but if He has to do so for our good, He will. How much better to draw near out of reverence and love!

Consider: Do you have the understanding to draw near to God at all times?