8I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
9Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
10Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.
11Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
Horse and Mule
I do not have a horse and mule, but I do have a dog, so I can certainly appreciate the illustration given by David in Psalm 32, verse 9. My dog is very obedient, as long as I have a treat handy, but when he realizes he is not going to get anything for his obedience, he may or may not obey my commands. He does not have the ability to think through the commands and realize that I have his best interests in mind.
How often do we do the same thing to God? How often do we fight against His commands, even though we know He has our best interests in mind? In doing so, we are just like the wicked who do not know the Lord. They do not know the joy of trusting in Christ, and instead are consumed by sorrow upon sorrow.
Even though we know this is true, why do we rush so quickly to the things of the world? We look for the pleasures of this world to bring us happiness and contentment, but instead only find despair and anguish. Oh, we may find happiness for a time, but the things of this world only bring emptiness and discontentment over the long haul.
It does not need to be so for the Christian; in Christ all of God's mercies abound! In Christ we truly can find peace, joy, and contentment, not just for now, but for all eternity! Rightly so, David exhorts us, Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
Let us remember the lesson of the horse and mule, and by the grace of God may we avail ourselves of all the the mercies of Christ that will truly bring peace and contentment.
God Bless You,