Daily in the Psalms : Psalm 32
psalms 32THE BLESSEDNESS OF THE FORGIVEN
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah. I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him. Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah. Psalms 32:1-7
Forgiveness of sin is a Bible Doctrine. Sin is the real cause for all unhappiness. The Bible tells us that it is sin that separates us from God. The harmony and peace of life is shattered by sin. The removal of sin is the gracious act of God
Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin… Exodus 34:7
I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Isaiah 43:25
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1John 1:8-9
There is no better way to show the wonder of the love of God than to say that He has forgiven our sins. Sin has branded every man a transgressor, one who is in open rebellion to God and His Law. Only an act of a kind, loving, and gracious God could remove such a horrible stain. That stain is lifted from the soul of the forgiven. Perfect righteousness or the perfect standard set by a Holy God and man falls far short of that mark because of his sin. Man does not sin because he is merely weak, but because he consciously and willingly chooses to. But God covers every sin in the Blood of His Dear Son. Once forgiven, that sinner is treated by God as though he had never sinned. Sin is regarded by God as a willful turn toward the wrong way, as a perversion of His will for man. The sinner is guilty before God and deserves punishment. When God forgives us, that punishment is not imputed to us.
Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. Romans 4:7-8
If you are among the forgiven today, you are blessed indeed.
Forgiveness not only means that our sin is removed, but it means our heart is renewed. The forgiven man possesses no guile either to himself or his God. What a blessing it is to know that our wicked sins will not be reckoned to our account! Happy is the person whose heart has been emptied of sin and filled with righteousness. Happy is the person whose burden of sin and guilt has been eased. Happy is the person whose sin debt has been absolved.
For a long time David carried his guilt because he would not humble himself before God and confess his sin. But once he did, God gave him again the heart of an innocent child. He found that his Heavenly Father was ready to forgive and take away his guilt. The misery of one who refuses to confess is great. He suffers in both his body and his soul. The unforgiven experience the pain and exhaustion of carrying their sins and will often complain. That pain will last as long as the lips are silent. There is no relief for the torments that sin placed on the soul outside of confession. Many will try to blame others, but their misery is the result of their own sin and their refusal to get things right with God. Efforts to better oneself without the earnest confession of sin will only aggravate the pain. The wrath of God will abide on the sinner until he bows before God. The mighty hand that presses so harshly on the unforgiven is sweet and powerful to the one who repents. Man needs to see that by not confessing his sin he is only cruel to himself. David comes to the end of his struggle and finds forgiveness and peace. Notice that confession is not a general concept; true confession must be made to God. David acknowledged that his sin was against God and it was to God he would have to answer. Only God can forgive sin; we need no other priest or mediator. That confession must also be frank and full. The unburdening of our heart is honorable to God and it is good for us. Too many are trying to excuse or hide their sin, but real confession holds nothing back. All sin is before God and cannot be hidden. Once quick and frank confession is made, it is like going from darkness to light. It is like coming from the foulness of the dungeon to the presence of a merciful judge. The forgiveness comes as quickly as the confession. The only requirement is that we come before God pleading guilty. We must be condemned before we can be absolved.
Let me give you a personal observation here:
So many times we speak of forgiveness and the fact that God remembers our sin no more. What a blessed truth! But I don’t believe we should be so quick to forget them. I don’t believe we should quickly and lightly dismiss the matter from our mind. We should ponder the effects and results of our sin, remember the exceeding sinfulness of it and determine by God’s grace that we will not enter that way again. It is not a good thing to forget the marvellous grace of God and His abundant mercy.
Praise the Lord; I am among the forgiven today!
1 – Forgiveness Is Given On The Basis Of God’s Love
His great love holds out hope to the greatest of sinners. His great love gives to sinner boldness to approach the throne of grace. If God offers to freely forgive our sins, what could it be that we may not ask of Him?
2 – Forgiveness Is The Testimony Of The Saint
Every forgiven sinner is a witness of Christ. What others may Preach as a mere doctrine, he is able to proclaim as a fact. The songwriter said, “I was blind, but now I see.” What more powerful statement could be made that “I have been forgiven!”
3 – Forgiveness Is The Security And Peace Of The Saint
What security and peace is found in the refuge of God’s mercy. Along with forgiveness comes the promise that when the floods of God’s fierce wrath is let loose on sinners, the forgiven are safe.
When the burden of sin is pardoned, when the separation of sin is reconciled; the heart passes into God’s sweet rest and peace. The terror of judgment is turned into songs of joy. It is no wonder the Psalmist says, “thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.” That thought is worthy of pause and ponder.
So Glad To Be So Saved
Danny "Preacher" Bezet