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Psalm 32 - The Blessing of Forgiveness

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v. 1, 2 - David begins this Psalm of praise for God's forgiveness by noting the blessing that comes from God's forgiveness. The idea of blessing vs. perishing is a common theme throughout the Psalms.
v. 1, 2 - David begins this Psalm of praise for God's forgiveness by noting the blessing that comes from God's forgiveness. The idea of blessing vs. perishing is a common theme throughout the Psalms.
The word we translate "blessed" is 'ashre and it means happiness. But it does not mean happiness in the trite, emotionally way we tend to think of happiness. Happiness is more than that, and if we're honest, even when we say, "I'm happy" we mean more than just, "That makes my insides feel good". The word 'ashre means well-being in every area of life.
In he calls those blessed who
Psalm 1:1–2 ESV
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
Psalm 122:8–9 ESV
For my brothers and companions’ sake I will say, “Peace be within you!” For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good.
Psalm 112:1–3 ESV
Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commandments! His offspring will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.
Psalm 122:3–5 ESV
Jerusalem—built as a city that is bound firmly together, to which the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord. There thrones for judgment were set, the thrones of the house of David.
Here, David is reacting to the forgiveness of the Lord.

Blessed because his Sin Was Forgiven

Notice first, that David is blessed because he was forgiven by God. He notes the depth of the blessing. Notice what he says:
The Transgression was Forgiven
First David notes the importance of forgiveness. David had committed egregious sin. What he needed was forgiveness.
Isaiah 1:18 ESV
“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
The Sin was Covered
But there is a deeper level here. Not only was his transgression hidden, but also his sin was covered.
Isaiah 43:25 ESV
“I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.
The Debt was Paid
When we sin, we incur a debt to God.
Romans 6:23 ESV
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
A wage is what we rightfully deserve. But for those who confess, God “counts” no iniquity.

Blessed because of Honest Repentance (v. 3-5)

Unconfessed Sin and Half Repentance leads to spiritual death
Proverbs 28:13 ESV
Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
As David struggled with his sin, and refused to repent we see the results: He couldn’t sleep, he couldn’t eat. He felt distant from God and weak.
True Repentance
So what is real repentance. I have a confession to make. I don’t like Lifeway’s ABC’s of salvation. The reason is that I think it gives a wrong idea of our obligation and oversimplifies it.
A - admit to God you’re a sinner. Great.
B - believe that Jesus Christ is God’s son - Awesome
C - commit your life to the Lord - fantastic!
But inadequate. Because it says nothing about repentance.
Repentance takes 5 things according to James MacDonald and I think we find these in David’s confession.
2 Corinthians 7:9–11 ESV
As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, but also what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter.
1) Grief over sin. Verse 9
David truly felt grief over his sin. We see this in v. 3
2) Repulsion over sin. Verse 11
We also see his repulsion over his sin.
3) Restitution.
We see David moving back to God in v. 5.
4) Revival Toward God.
v. 6-7
5) Moving forward.
V. 8-11
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