Psalms Chapter 32

Psalms Chapter 32  #Repentance #Forgiveness #Joy (Unless otherwise stated all Scriptures in this devotional are from the King James Version of the Bible.)

Context

The psalmist just went through a terrible ordeal. Just look at this psalm though. He did not internalize the impact of the ordeal. He did not embrace it and make the event who and what he is. I prayed, God heard and answered his prayer, and now he does what he always does. He triumphantly offers up a song of praise to Jehovah. David knows that his sins are forgiven. He also acknowledges that the sin he committed caused him both psychological and physical duress.
However, David did not receive a “blanket” statement of forgiveness just because he was the king and God promises to extend his lineage. No! He received forgiveness because he repented of his sin.  According to Longman 2014, “Traditionally, Psalm 32 has been treated as a penitential psalm (along with Ps 6, 38, 51, 102, 130, 133)” (p.163).
What do penitential psalms mean?
“any of the Psalms (the 6th, 32nd, 38th, 51st, 102nd, 130th, and 143rd) that give expression to feelings of penitence and that are used in various” (https://www.dictionary.com/browse/penitential-psalm).
However, when one reads this psalm there does not appear to be a tone of penitence. Instead, the psalm expresses gratitude for “grace. 

I Am Blessed Because I am Forgiven.

(A Psalm of David, Maschil.) Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

In verse 1 David proclaimed,

“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.”

We know that it is wrong to hide one’s sins from God. But on the other hand, it is also futile to try to hide our sins from God. He already knows! Repentance is what David expressed to God and forgiveness is what he received. 

What does it mean to repent? Why is it important to know this?

  1. First. the definition of repentance:”
    • The most common translation of “repent” is “turn” or “return.”
    • Two requisites of repentance included.
      • “to turn from evil,
      • and to turn to the good.”
  2. Most critical theologically is the idea of returning to God or turning away from evil. If one turns away from God, apostasy is indicated” (BibleStudy.com/0
  3. The Apostle John said, My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:” 1 John 2:1 KJV

There are some misconceptions about repentance in some translations. Longman stated “The niv misleadingly translates two different Hebrew words as sin (v. 1c [ḥ ā ṭ ā’â ] and v. 2b [‘āwôn ]” (p. 163).  Repentance is an important concept for Christians and non-Christians alike. In verse 2 “Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile”  David add the hallmark statement that makes all of humanity breathe a sigh of relief. Look at what  Hebrews 10:4 confirms “For [it is] not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” You see David lived in an age where sacrifices had to be made for sins to be forgiven. Just read Leviticus 4 

When Jesus came to this earth the need for a human being to offer up sacrifices for us ended. In John chapter 1,  John-the-Baptist said ” 24 (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.) 25 They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 26 John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, 27 even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” 28 These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing. [BUT! God always has an unspoken but to ensure that we are paying attention!]

Behold, the Lamb of God

29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel” (John 1 ESV).

David said, Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered, but today Christians can assuredly say “blessed am I because my sins are eradicated, eliminated, gone forever! 

Psalm 145:8-13 (ESV)

8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
    slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
    nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
    or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he removed our transgressions from us. [Now just visualize the earth, or even the universe. Now think about how far away the east is from the west in the universe. THAT IS HOW FAR God removed our sins from us. This is why David was so joyous!]

13 As a father has compassion on his children,
    so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
    he remembers that we are dust.

 

  • 3When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.
  • 4For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.

The toll of his sin made David miserable. ” 3When I kept silence [When I did not raise my voice to heaven and repent of my sins], my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. 4For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: [ Day and night were the same to him. He knew that God’s heavy hands were upon him. He knew that he needed to repent. His soul felt like a summer drought.] my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.

5I 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.

Confession of sin reaps unconditional  forgiveness from God. Confession is a prerequisite to forgiveness.

  1. No, God does not understand. Yes, God knows that our hearts are deceptive and wicked. However, we must ask for forgiveness for the sins that we have committed.
  2. No, we cannot trash talk someone and think that God is ok with that when we kneel down to pray.
  3. No, we cannot continually lie, divide, use deception to disrupt people’s lives and then raise our hands and declare that we are alright with God. No ,we are not!
  4. No, we cannot secretly enter a chatroom with one of our friends and destroy another person’s reputation. Then pretend that we are close friends with that person. Huh, Huh!! I am attempting to make this as real as I can. These statements are based on experiences that have been shared with me in guidance discussions.

I am including some ESV scriptures below to help us understand how serious this is.

  • Prov. 28:13Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.”
  • 1 John 1:8-10If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him [God] a liar, and his word is not in us.”
  • Psalms 38:18I confess my iniquity; I am sorry for my sin.”
  • 2 Sam. 12:13 “David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.

The first step in releasing the pain and agony of the gulf of separation between God and us is “repentance/the confession of sin.”

David’s Call for Repentance

  • 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.
  • Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

The psalmist calls on the keepers of God’s covenant who maintain their relationship with Him-Israel-to repent. Longman calls them the “ḥ āsidîm (p.164). Furthermore, Longman describes why David used the term ‘surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.’ If they do so, then the mighty waters, a symbol of chaos originating in Ancient Near Eastern mythology (see also Ps 29:3; 107:23; 144:7), will not overcome them (Ibid).

With repentance comes joy! “Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.”

Colossians 3:3 KJV reminds us who we are in Christ. “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”

Is God your hiding place?

https://youtu.be/uUx2WcC9JKo

  • I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
  • 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.

They that wait upon the Lord renew their strength because they allow Him to “instruct and teach [them through His Holy Word] in the way which thou shalt go.” 

Do not become as stubborn as a mule and remain in your sin that is what David said. Instead, follow the Apostle John’s advice 1 John 5:20 “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, [even] in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.”

A person with a repentant heart will not have the “Many sorrows [that] the wicked undergo.”  Instead, They will “trusteth in the LORD, [and] mercy shall compass [them] about. The will ” 11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.” Is your heart repentant? Then Shout to The Lord.

If it is not. Then contact us – watch this Video.

Is your heart heavy with fear, guilt, and shame? There’s hope here.

The Story of Forgiveness

and heed the message that is included in it.

 

References

Cayce, Ken. 2017. “Books of the Bible.”  http://www.bible-studys.org/About%20Me.html. Accessed September 15,, 2018.

Longman, Tremper, III. 2014. Psalms: An Introduction and Commentary. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press. Accessed September 15, 2018. ProQuest Ebook Central.

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