Psalm 32 (May 23, 2011)

[1] Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. [2] Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. [3] For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. [4] For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah [5] I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah [6] Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him. [7] You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah [8] I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. [9] Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you. [10] Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD. [11] Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! (Psalm 32 ESV)

This Psalm is called a “Maskil”, which is a teaching Psalm. The people of God would use these Psalms (13 in total) to teach certain theological concepts. Think about the rhyme we all sing when learning the A,B,C’s and you will understand the concept. What concept is David trying to teach? David is trying to teach God’s people to be a repentant people. David makes his point crystal clear that God’s people mustn’t cover up their sin, but rather repent for the sake of their own joy.

This was Augustine’s favorite Psalm. He had it inscribed on the wall nearest his bed in order to meditate on it more effectively. Augustine noted: intelligentia prima est ut te noris peccatorem (the beginning of knowledge is to know oneself to be a sinner). My prayer is that you will enjoy our journey together through Psalm 32 and that your heart will be taught by God, not just David, to be repentant before God. Don’t fall prey to the great cover up.

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