Psalm 32 - Blessed Believers

INTRODUCTION: There is no indication of the time frame or of the circumstances in David's life that may have moved him to compose this Psalm. It has elements about both praise and confession that honor the true and living Lord. Confession that is from a contrite heart acknowledges that nothing is hidden from the Lord, while unconfessed sin will hinder the blessing he offers. There are several precious phrases in this Psalm that can be applied in those times of need in the life of any believer. This short Psalm has the word selah applied three times and that adds extra emphasis to remind the reader to pause at each of those points to thoughtfully consider the way the Lord is speaking to the heart through His Word.

NOTE: All scripture is from the 1769 King James Bible.


A - WHAT A BLESSING TO HAVE OUR SIN FORGIVEN

Psalm 32 "1 [A Psalm of David, Maschil.] Blessed [is he whose] transgression [is] forgiven, [whose] sin [is] covered. 2 Blessed [is] the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit [there is] no guile. 3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. 4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah."

COMMENTS: When we know that the things we have done against God's ways have been forgiven, and the Lord has covered our sin, we can experience unparalleled inner peace and contentment. The Apostle Paul gave extra clarity to a portion of this Psalm of David as part of his letter to believers. Romans 4 "5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. 6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, 7 [Saying], Blessed [are] they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. 8 Blessed [is] the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin." The Lord does not count our sin against us, or keep any record of trespasses if we confess as we should. When we lay our lives before God knowing we can never earn or deserve righteousness, The Lord covers our sin as he applies to us the righteousness of Christ. But David cautions us through his own experience that the deceit inherent in the lack of confession will have the effect of drying up the refreshing moisture of our spirit as the Lord lays his hand upon us to call us back to himself. These certainly are important truths for us to pause and meditate about carefully. Selah!


B - IF WE CONFESS, HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST TO FORGIVE

Psalm 32 "5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah."

COMMENTS: When we acknowledge our sin to the Lord, we need to do it without holding back any of our thoughts, attitudes, or past actions that need to be confessed. By complete confession we acknowledge that there is nothing hidden from our omniscient God. The Lord of Hosts warned the Jews through prophets such as Jeremiah because of their disregard of his instruction to them. Jeremiah 23 "24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD." But the same prophet gave hope that the feeling of dryness of our spirit can be renewed and refreshed through faith and trust. Jeremiah 17 "7 Blessed [is] the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. 8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and [that] spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit." The New Testament carries a similar reminder to Jew and Gentile alike that nothing can be hidden from the Lord. Hebrews 4 "12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do." Again we have content that certainly should give us reason to pause and meditate that we might hide the Word in our hearts.


C - PRAY TO RECEIVE SONGS OF DELIVERANCE FROM THE LORD

Psalm 32 "6 For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him. 7 Thou [art] my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah."

COMMENTS: For this reason, which is to say to receive the gracious cleansing and forgiveness of sin, it is essential that a believer recognize when the barren feeling within the heart is indicating the presence of unconfessed sin. This is the time for those who are godly to yield to the Spirit and offer confession in prayer without further delay. The Apostle John wanted his believing readers to know that sin is within every person, and confession is part of the Christian walk. 1 John 1 "8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." When we are open before the Lord in faith believing, the symbolic floods of great waters of final judgment will not touch us, just as those in the ark with Noah were kept safe above the real flood water that covered the earth and snuffed out the breath of life. The Lord is our hiding place of ultimate security from the trouble that will overwhelm the unbelievers, while the Lord surrounds every Christian with songs of deliverance. When you know your sin has been forgiven, you may well hear a song of deliverance within your heart as the weight of your sin is lifted.


D - THE LORD HAS PROMISED TO INSTRUCT AND GUIDE

Psalm 32 "8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. 9 Be ye not as the horse, [or] as the mule, [which] have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee. 10 Many sorrows [shall be] to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about. 11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all [ye that are] upright in heart."

COMMENTS: When we trust in the Lord, he will instruct and teach us the right pathway for our life, as he guides us with his eye that sees things not perceivable to us. He has given us the scriptures, and the Holy Spirit will open our understanding of what is written at the time he has appointed for application. John 14 "26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." Jesus made that promise to the disciples before he went to the cross, and the Apostle Paul assures Christians that we also have that promise. 1 Corinthians 2 "12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned."

The Lord wants us to use the gift of intellectual understanding of his purposes, and not to be like the animals which are subject to direction by the desires of man. The purposes of God our superior to any we can imagine, and we have a future hope through our recognition of that truth. Romans 15 "4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope." The wicked who will not accept the teaching and guidance of God will have many sorrows, but those who accept and apply his Word will be surrounded by the mercy of the Lord. Knowing that we have God's mercy, we need to apply the scriptures to our daily living. 2 Timothy 3 "16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." Therefore, we should be glad in the LORD, and rejoice with shouts of joy because he has made us upright in heart by giving us his own righteousness!

--- REFLECTIONS IN PRAYER ---

Lord, you have given me an inner peace by the forgiveness of my sin that was sealed when I believed that the blood of Christ is the only sacrifice that is sufficient before you. What a blessing it is to know that your grace assures me that as I avoid any useless attempt to deceive you, there will be no sin held to my account. I confess that I have periods when I forget that nothing is hidden from you, and I thank you that you have made my heart feel the separation that results from holding on to my sinful thoughts or actions. When I truly confess to you Lord, and forsake as I should, I know you are faithful to forgive the iniquity of my sin. Lord, help me to pray to you while you can still be found in my time on this earth, that I will be among those who are godly as a witness to your honor and praise. You are my hiding place to preserve me from eternal trouble, and I am lifted by the songs of your deliverance that surround me. Lord, keep my heart open to your teaching and perfect guidance that I not follow my own way or be directed by any external influences. I believe that you, Lord, have reserved judgment for those who have rejected you. Therefore I have a joy that reserves my highest praise to my God for your great mercy to me. I will forever rejoice because I have trusted you, Lord, and you have made me righteous and upright in heart. Amen and amen!

Published 28 October 2015