The Joy of Forgiveness

Psalm 32:1-2 

How joyful is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is coveredHow joyful is a person whom the Lord does not charge with iniquity and in whose spirit is no deceit!

David wrote Psalm 32 after confessing to God his sins of adultery with Bathsheba, murder, and deception to cover his sin [ Psalm 51 A Crushed Sinner’s Prayer; 2 Samuel 11-12]. In Psalm 51:13, he vowed to share what he had learned from this costly experience, and this psalm is a part of the fulfillment of that promise.

David launched into the psalm with a song of praise for everybody in the assembly to hear. His experience of forgiveness came after he had committed his sins and covered them up for almost a year. But having now entered into the freedom of forgiveness, David couldn’t wait to shout with joy about it. He was joyful because his transgressions were forgiven. Joyful means “the peace of God, content, satisfied, blessed, without anger, fear or other turmoil”.

David used 4 words to describe how he had broken the law of God. “Transgression” is crossing over the line and rebelling against God. “Sin” means to miss the mark and not live up to standards God has set. “Iniquity” means twisted and describes what happens to the inner character -the heart- of the sinner. “Deceit” is deception. David tried to cover up his sins and pretend nothing had happened, but the Lord chastened him until, confronted by Nathan, he confessed he had sinned.

“Forgiven” means to remove a burden and “covered” means to forever hide the sin from the all-seeing God. “charged” is a bookkeeping term that means put on a persons account or record books; today this is like a person using a credit card to pay for a purchase. If they continue to make purchases and pay the minimum payment ever month they will be in debt for a lifetime and beyond. When we confess our sins, God cancels our sin debt and it’s no longer on the books. Why? Because Jesus paid the “charged” debt of “Iniquity” on the cross for us and His blood cleanses the record on His books and in the heart and spirit of the offender. [2 Corinthians 5:21] The forgiveness of the Lord is certainly something to sing about!

Am I singing and shouting with praise and joy because I have no known unconfessed sin causing my fellowship to be broken with God?

Henry Luke 8/13/21017

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