WITHOUT GUILE! 8-7-2011

posted Aug 2, 2011, 1:37 PM by Dale Barnes
The first two verses of Psalm 32 are expressing the blessedness of the person whose sins are forgiven, the truth that his sins will never be held again him. In the light of judgment day, that is a tremendous blessing.  There is a little phrase at the end of the second verse that can be a challenge to all. “And in whose spirit there is no guile.” (NKJV)  “...and in whose spirit is no deceit.”(NIV, NAS)  It seems that it is dealing with honesty of heart; a clear conscience.

Verses 3 through 5 deals with this very thing. Here is a man who is unwilling to face honestly his sin.  God is dealing with him about his sinfulness, but he resists and struggles, not wanting to be honest and admit his wrong. Finally, he admits and acknowledges his wrong doing, and God immediately forgives him. He is right with God when he became honest with God.

The apostle Paul says, “I have lived my life with a perfectly good conscience before God up to this day.(Acts.23:1 NAS)  Paul writes to Timothy, a young Christian minister; “keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith.” (1 Tim.1:19 NAS)  Paul says, this is important; I live this way and Timothy, you should do the same.  Otherwise, you are deceiving yourself and will destroy your walk of faith with God.  

Jesus, in the parable of the sower,(Lu.8:15 NAS) says,”And the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.”  

Here is the cry of an honest man; “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.” (Ps.139:23-24 NAS)  He is honest and humbles himself before God, asking God to search him and see if there is wrong in his ways or motives. Then he asks for God’s guidance in the right, eternal way.  Without guile is the right way!
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