May counsel receive counsel.

Week beginning: 15th April, 2018 | By Debbie Woods | Manchester

"You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
Do not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
or they will not come to you."

Psalm 32:7-9 (NIV)

It is perhaps encouraging to know that "making a difference to people's lives" is still one of the top 10 reasons my students give for wanting to become lawyers. Indeed, many lawyers will continue to use their God-given gifts to advise clients on law and processes, and on making wise decisions for relationships and projects alike. Praise God.

Psalm 32 contains an important reminder to those who counsel others, that they must also be counselled. How reassuring it is that the God of the universe wants to instruct us and teach us in the way we should go – and with His loving eye on us (verse 8).

But there is also a warning to us in verse 9. We are not to become like the horse or the mule who have no understanding in the things of God and who must be controlled by bit and bridle. We have a God who wants to instruct and teach us, but do we make ourselves teachable or ready to be guided?

In the beginning of Psalm 32, David experiences the deep relief of knowing God's complete forgiveness of his confessed sin, so fully covered that he could call God his "hiding place" (verse 7). Let us make sure we hear His voice as we read His Word daily; allow His Spirit to convict us of our sin; know the blessing of forgiveness through Jesus Christ's covering of our sin and respond in humility in service of Christ in the law.

Prayer Points:

1. That whether we are experienced advisers or just beginning a career in the law, we would always look to surrender our wills to be instructed, taught and counselled by God himself.

2. That we would all know the blessing of forgiveness through Jesus Christ's covering of our sin, and that we would respond in humility in service of Christ in the law.