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Psalm 32: Blessed Are the Forgiven

 

We read through Psalm 32 at prayer meeting tonight, and I thought I’d share it:

“Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered [by God].
Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
For when I kept silent [i.e., tried to cover my own sins], my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer [i.e., I was sick, tired, and miserable]. Selah
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 [i.e., when we confess our sins, God forgives freely and willingly, not forgetting–but choosing not to hold them against us EVER again]. Selah [i.e., pause and think about that for a while]

Many are the sorrows of the wicked [i.e., sinners–aka, each of us who tries to cover our own sin and not repent], but steadfast [aka, faithful] love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD.
Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous [aka, forgiven ones!], and shout for joy, all you upright in heart [i.e., counted as righteous because forgiven]!”

(Psalm 32 ESV)

 

 Between the above psalm and the oncoming thunderstorms, I was reminded of the song, “Grace Like Rain” by Todd Agnew:

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me;
I once was lost but now I’m found,
Was blind but now I see so clearly.

“Hallelujah, grace like rain falls down on me;
Hallelujah, all my stains are washed away, they’re washed away.

“‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.

“Hallelujah, grace like rain falls down on me;
Hallelujah, all my stains are washed away, they’re washed away.

“When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing your praise
Than when we first begun.

“Hallelujah, grace like rain falls down on me;
Hallelujah, all my stains are washed away.
Hallelujah, grace like rain falls down on me;
Hallelujah, all my stains are washed away, washed away.”

God Lovingly Pursues Us When We Rebel: David

II Samuel 11:1; 12:26-31. The “5-star king” David falls.

II Samuel 11:2-12:25: Lust turned into adultery and began a rippling effect which involved a plot of lying and ended in a willingness to kill a friend to cover up sin.

When we sin, we desire a back-burner God, acting as if He doesn’t exist. In chapter 11, David “sent” for a messenger, he sent for Bathshebah, he sent for Uriah, and he sent for Joab. In chapter 12, the Lord “sent” the prophet Nathan to David. When God convicts, it hurts good. God exposes rebels, and there are always consequences to our sin.

David lusted after Bathshebah, then committed adultery with her, devised a plot of deceit to cover it up, and when that didn’t work, he murdered Bathshebah’s husband, one of David’s 30 mighty men, a friend. The prophet Nathan comes and tells him a parable about a man who had many sheep and stole the only sheep a man had to have it for himself. When asked how the man should pay, David gets furious and says he should restore fourfold. Nathan points his finger at David and says, “You’re the man.” Consequently, David did pay fourfould for his sin. The son Bathshebah bore him died, along with three other sons. Sin has its consequences.

But God forgives! In verse 8, we see an excessively gracious God. In verse 14, David despised the goodness of God, thinking he “needed” more than what God provided. We think, “I need that.” No, you don’t if God hasn’t given it!! Keep short tabs on sin. And live a life of repentance. God forgives. He forgave David. David and Bathshebah were married and had a second son, Solomon. God used this relationship that started so badly and brought the next king of Israel out of it; and that next king was part of the Messianic line (see Matthew 1)! Who says God doesn’t use broken people?! He can restore the messiest situations and bring peace and hope out of them.

For follow up, study Psalm 51 and Psalm 32. Sins are forgiven when confessed.

To listen to the sermon by Dr. Doug Finkbeiner, click here.

Shared at the Heritage Bible Church Adult Retreat 2010 at the Wilds Christian Camp and Conference Center.