You who did it, Your plague, the blow of Your hand, You correct man, You make his beauty melt away

“Deliver me from all my transgressions;
Do not make me the reproach of the foolish.
I was mute, I did not open my mouth,
Because it was You who did it.
Remove Your plague from me;
I am consumed by the blow of Your hand.
When with rebukes You correct man for iniquity,
You make his beauty melt away like a moth;
Surely every man is vapor. Selah” – Psa. 39:8-11

Interesting verses to wrestle with.

Note that it is God who is behind David’s transgressions and reproach. It is God who sends the plague. It is God’s hand that delivers the blow. It is God who rebukes man for sin.

As RC always said, there is no maverick molecule; God is sovereign over all.

Man’s Responsibility and God’s Sovereignty

5 “Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.” – Psa. 37:5

A perfect example of the Doctrine of Man’s Responsibility and God’s Sovereignty.

He fashions their hearts individually

“The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men. From the place of His dwelling He looks On all the inhabitants of the earth; He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.” – Psa. 33:13-15

God is sovereign over all people of every nation.

Do Not Be Like the Mule

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near (their master).” – God (Psa. 32:8-9)

God’s personal engagement. Far too often I am the stubborn mule.