Psalm 32 has David talking about the blessing of sin being forgiven. Sin happens to us as humans – none of us are perfect and exempt from the commission of sin. But there is great blessing for the man or woman who knows the forgiveness of God. Their sin is no longer exposed; it is covered. “Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered”. How can that happen? For us today, it is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross where He made the choice to take on the sin of mankind – that’s you and me – at carry it Himself. It’s possible to experience forgiveness because of His love!
David had great opportunity to know this blessedness in his own life. This great man of God – a man after God’s heart – nevertheless had some significant seasons of sin and what may be called backsliding or spiritual decline. David knew what it was like to be a guilty sinner. He knew the seriousness of sin and how good it is to be truly forgiven. He used three words to describe sin:
- transgression is crossing a line, defying authority
- sin is falling short of or missing a mark
- iniquity is crookedness and distortion
David reminds us that we can be free from these things. “Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit”. There is blessing when we deal with our sin and iniquity and get right with God.
David tells us a key part of receiving the forgiveness of sin – confession! “I acknowledged 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”. David’s first problem was the sin he committed and his second problem was the double life he lived to hide those sins. We can never truly hide our sin from God, but we often fall into the trap believing somehow we can keep it a secret from Him. It was only as David was ready to repent and end the second problem that God would graciously forgive the first problem. We must confess in order to receive forgiveness.
We are reminded that God has a plan and wants us to know and follow it. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you”. God has already given us a lot of direction through His written word – the Bible. It’s an instruction book in how to live and follow Him well. But beyond that, we can seek Him and receive more direction. We can get godly counsel from those in our patch. God doesn’t hide His will for us, and He certainly keeps His eye on us as well. The key is that we need to seek Him. Scripture tells us that if we do, we will find Him and His will for us!