Ps.32:1,2 – How happy and fulfilled are those whose rebellion has been forgiven, those whose sins are covered by blood. How blessed and relieved are those who have confessed their corruption to God! For he wipes their slates clean and removes hypocrisy from their hearts.
Forgiveness is a huge part of our Christian experience. The most interesting thing about forgiveness to me is this, you must acknowledge your sin. That is huge!!! Most of us spend so much of our time justifying ourselves or blaming others for our sins. No wonder the prisons are filled with “innocent” people. Conviction of sin and bringing us to a place of repentance is the first work of the Holy Spirit. Coming clean before the Lord is where we begin to experience recovery and favor from the Lord. Here are some comments from the Passion Notes on this passage.
“David wrote this psalm after he seduced the wife of his most loyal soldier, then had him killed to try to keep her pregnancy a secret. This sin with Bathsheba brought great disgrace to David, yet he finds complete forgiveness in God’s mercy. The apostle Paul chose the first two verses of Ps. 32 to support the important doctrine of salvation by grace through faith….This was Saint Augustine’s favorite psalm. He had it written on the wall near his bed before he died so he could meditate upon it.”
There are some serious people included in those comments. From David, to the Apostle Paul, and Augustine; all recognize the role of repentance and forgiveness in our walk with God. Augustine lived off of this passage in his last days on earth, he recognized the power and blessing of forgiveness.
One of the blessings of forgiveness is protection in the storms of life seen in Psalm 32:6,7.
– This is what I’ve learned through it all:
All believers should confess their sins to God;
do it every time God has uncovered you
in the time of exposing.
For if you do this, when sudden storms of life overwhelm,
you’ll be kept safe.
Lord, you are my secret hiding place,
protecting me from these troubles,
surrounding me with songs of gladness!
Your joyous shouts of rescue release my breakthrough.
All of us have done some soul searching during our times of isolation during this pandemic. Becoming honest about our sins and confessing them to the Lord is healing for the soul and for the body. David says that forgiveness also brings us into a place of safety that we will not be overwhelmed by the storms of life. Happy is the one whose sins are forgiven and who is cleansed in the blood of the Lamb.