Living by Grace

Dedicated to providing guidance in daily living through the power of God's grace as experienced in our union with Christ.

Like A Horse or Mule

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 32:9


David wrote Psalm 32 after he realized the depth of his sins. He had committed adultery with Bathsheba and then caused the death of her husband, Uriah the Hittite.


In verses 1-2 David speaks of the blessedness of the forgiveness of sins. Then in verses 3-5 he confesses that he had remained silent about his sins at first but later he confessed them.


God speaks in verses 8-11. In verse 8-9 God says:


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 you.


Some believers who have a stubborn spirit of rebellion must be drawn to God and His truth with the bit and bridle. Other believers need the bit and bridle because they are determined to follow their own plans for their lives, and therefore, yielding to God does not come easy.


Many believers have come to the life of grace through bitter tears as a result of painful circumstances that were tenderly and mercifully given by the Lord. Psalm 66:10-12 could be their testimony.


For you, O God, tested us; you refined us like silver. You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs. You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance. 


What greater abundance would a believer want than to live in the grace of God?


The words in Psalm 32:9, “Do not be like the horse or mule …” imply that it is not always necessary for God to use the bit and bridle to bring believers to the life of grace. Some come to the life of grace because of failure in their own lives or in their own ministries.