‘Blessed is he whose trans­gres­sion is for­given .... ’

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“Blessed is he whose trans­gres­sion is for­given, whose sin is cov­ered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not im­pute in­iq­uity, and in whose spirit there is no de­ceit.” Psalm 32:1-2

Have you ever con­sid­ered what a bless­ing it is to have for­give­ness of God? What a bless­ing to have the Lord not hold your sins and in­iq­ui­ties against you? To be for­given of the Lord re­moves all fear of wrath and con­dem­na­tion and gives us peace with God. To have for­give­ness for all our sins gives us the as­sur­ance of life ev­er­last­ing!

In­deed, the one who ad­mits his sin and looks to the Lord for mercy rather than at­tempt­ing to hide and cover up his sins is blessed be­cause the Lord, for the sake of Je­sus’ holy life and in­no­cent suf­fer­ings and death, is mer­ci­ful and gra­cious and offers to us for­give­ness for all our sins (Cf. 1 John 1:5 – 2:2). The Bi­ble tells us: “For You, Lord, are good, and ready to for­give, and abun­dant in mercy to all those who call upon You” (Psalm 86:5).

And what about you? Do you have God’s for­give­ness, or are you at­tempt­ing to hide and cover up your sins? Are you jus­ti­fied of God, or try­ing to jus­tify your­self? Are you self-de­ceived and at­tempt­ing to fool oth­ers in re­gard to your sin­ful­ness, or do you ad­mit your ut­ter sin­ful­ness and look to God for mercy and for­give­ness?

David wrote in Psalm 32:4-5: “When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groan­ing all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vi­tal­ity was turned into the drought of sum­mer.”

What hap­pens when we keep silent about our sins? When we are un­will­ing to ad­mit our sin­ful­ness and look to the Lord for for­give­ness? When we are un­will­ing to give up our sins? God’s hand is heavy upon us. We grow old and weary through our groan­ing and sigh­ing all day long as we feel the guilt and weight of our sins. Our mois­ture, our vi­tal­ity, our joy, is turned into the drought of sum­mer; it evap­o­rates away.

He wrote (v.5): “I ac­knowl­edged my sin to You, and my in­iq­uity I have not hid­den. I said, ‘I will con­fess my trans­gres­sions to the Lord,’ and You for­gave the in­iq­uity of my sin.”

To con­fess our sins is to say and agree with what God says of us and our sin (cf. 1 John 1:9). Con­fes­sion makes no ex­cuses for sin, but ac­knowl­edges sin as sin and de­serv­ing of God’s eter­nal wrath and pun­ish­ment (Psalm 51:3-4)!

When we ac­knowl­edge our sin unto the Lord and quit at­tempt­ing to hide it and cover it up, when we con­fess our trans­gres­sions of God’s com­mand­ments unto the Lord, He gra­ciously for­gives our sins for Je­sus’ sake. “In Him we have re­demp­tion through His blood, the for­give­ness of sins, ac­cord­ing to the riches of His grace” (Eph­e­sians 1:7; cf. Psalm 51:1ff.).

David writes (v. 6): “For

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