Psalm 32 (May 27, 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)

Forgiveness as Means to Relationship

Verse 10 is a simple promise, much like verse 7, that the Lord surrounds and protects his people. Verse 11 is  the final declaration and instruction of the Psalm, in that David instructs God’s people to be glad, rejoice and shout for joy. So, in summary, when we repent and discover in relationship to God the joy of forgiveness and protection and counsel, then the delight we have in him only increases. So being glad in the Lord is an effect of our repentance before him.

Would you be glad? Would you rejoice? Come to God and find joy-producing forgiveness. “How natural does it seem that a man blest with forgiveness should be glad! That there is a God and such a God, and that he is ours, ours forever, our Father and our reconciled Lord, is matter enough for a never-ending Psalm of rapturous joy.” -C.H. Spurgeon.

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