Psalm 32 (May 24, 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)

Christians are Happy!

One of the things that vexes me as a pastor is how we as Christians seem to be less happy than people who are going to hell. How is it that we, the forgiven, the sons of God are the grumpiest bunch of people? The biggest problem with us, this Psalm seems to indicate, is our lack of repentance. Do you want to be happy in God? Repent. It sounds silly, but these verses point us in that direction very clearly.

Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

The word blessed means “happy”. Happy is the one whose transgression is forgiven, which means happy ones are those who know that God has looked upon their rebellion with grace and forgiveness. Sin being covered reverts back to the Day of Atonement when the priest poured blood on the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant, covering our breaking of the commandments of God with substitutionary blood. The Lord also doesn’t count iniquity, or impute unrighteousness to his people. This should be very familiar as we have rolled through Romans because Paul talks about this kind of forgiveness coming to God’s people through faith, not works. God, in Christ, has done all of these things for us and in us. Jesus lives a perfect life and becomes our forgiveness. Jesus dies on the cross and becomes our eternal, once for all covering for sin. Jesus becomes our sin  (2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 5), and gives us his righteousness. Joy is produced in the knowledge that God has forgiven his children. Happy are the forgiven. Happy are the repentant.

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