Psalm 32 The Voice (VOICE)
A contemplative song[a] of David.
The psalms celebrate God’s forgiveness that comes through confession and repentance. Some interpreters link this psalm to David’s sin with Bathsheba after Nathan had exposed his transgression, but the king certainly had other failings. Even if we do not associate this psalm with any personal transgression by David, it serves well as a model confession for those who are painfully aware of their sin.
1 How happy is the one whose wrongs are forgiven,
3 When I refused to admit my wrongs, I was miserable,
5 When I finally saw my own lies,
6 So let all who are devoted to You
8 I will teach you and tell you the way to go and how to get there;
10 Tormented and empty are wicked and destructive people,
Jeremiah 25:30-38 The Voice (VOICE)
Eternal One: 30 Jeremiah, now prophesy against the nations. Speak to them these words:
The Eternal roars from on high;
So says the Eternal.
32 This is what the Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies, has to say:
Eternal One: Look what is happening!
Coming in the wake of that fateful storm, the death and destruction are unimaginable.
33 Those killed by the Eternal in that day will blanket the earth from one end to the other. So great is their number that no one will gather the dead and bury them. No one will be there to mourn them. They will lie like dung upon the face of the earth.
34 Cry out, you shepherds, and weep;
Luke 19:45-48 The Voice (VOICE)
In this powerful scene as Jesus comes into the city, echoing the words of Zechariah 9:9, Jesus shows how His kingdom is upside down compared to the kingdoms of this world. Caesar enters a town riding a white stallion, accompanied by dignitaries and soldiers with weapons. Jesus comes on a little donkey, cheered by common people tossing their coats in the donkey’s path. The contrast between the two ways, He suggests through tears, is the difference between violent destruction and peace.
45 He entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. He began driving out the temple merchants.
47 He came back day after day to teach in the temple. The chief priests, the religious scholars, and the leading men of the city wanted to kill Him, 48 but because He was so popular among the people—who hung upon each word He spoke—they were unable to do anything.