Blessed and Forgiven, Psalm 32:1, October 16, 2016
Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Psalm 32:1
Blessed people are happy people. Now before you take this thought too far, decide what it means to be blessed…..happy. Many would relate being blessed to material wealth, good health, a great job….etc. While these represent things for which we should be thankful, by themselves they will not produce lasting happiness. If these things could bring happiness, the majortiy of people in America would be truly happy. So what can bring perpetual happiness? Answer: living daily in the forgiveness of God! Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin. Romans 4:7-8 ESV Have you experienced forgiveness?
Have you, as David, realized that you have sinned against God? I acknowledge 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.” Psalm 32:5 ESV David sinned with Bathsheba and was rocking along pretty good until Nathan the prophet brought to his attention that God knew about his sin. When David acknowledged he sinned against God and repented, the words of Psalm 32:1 (ESV) were birthed. “Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.”
Unconfessed sin will fester in the very soul of a person. Trying to experience happiness without God’s forgiveness would be like a fish trying to survive out of water. For a while the fish would live, but eventually it would die. As the fish swims in the waters God provides, may you swim in the forgiveness God made possible by the blood of His Son Jesus. “If we confess out sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 Are you covered by the blood of Jesus? Then praise God from whom all blessings…happiness, flows!
Because of His Grace ~ Pastor David