Yes, David begins psalm 32 by saying: “Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven; whose sins are covered.”
This might sound a bit strange for many of the contemporary Liberal Evangelical Christians for whom The word “Blessings” means only material blessings.
Though they have enjoyed the fruits God’s forgiveness in their lives, they still do not consider it as a great blessing. But for David, receiving forgiveness from God was the greatest blesssing in his life as it brought immeasurable peace and joy that no amount of material blessings can provide.
In psalm 32, 1-2 David considers two groups of people as “Blessed”
- The ones whose transgressions are forgiven
- The ones in whose spirit is no deceit.
Normally, for an average believer in Christ, this classification might appear to be a bit strange, because, they don’t often hear preachers saying:
“You are blessed, because, your sins are forgiven”.
For the Western Liberal Evangelical Church – blessings from God means – abundant material possessions. i.e. someone is considered to be blessed if he is materially rich; only the blessings that are tangible and observable are considered to be true blessings.
However, blessings like inner joy, peace, contentment etc. do not come under this category; these blessings, though, they bring healing and rejuvenation of the inner spirit, are not appreciated or cherished by many of the believers.
As a matter of fact, there are a lot of Christians in the midst of us who are blessed with abundant peace and joy in their hearts; but still many of the church folks don’t consider them as blessed; because they don’t possess anything that the world considers as symbols of blessings.
If we examine our own Christian life, we could find that – like David, we too have experienced many times the power of God’s forgiveness in our lives and, in fact, still continue to experience. However, we don’t consider this privilege of receiving God’s forgiveness as a blessing. We still wait to receive material blessings from God; in order to consider ourselves as blessed.
But for David, the story was different – He considered himself as blessed just for the reason that – The LORD Almighty has forgiven his sins. David never mentions any material blessings in this context. See the following verse:
Well, now the big question is – What prompted David to think in this Manner?
As it is clear from the context, David had done something really bad, he sinned against the LORD Almighty; but did not acknowledge that sin before God; instead he continued as if nothing had happened.
But the Spirit of the LORD started convicting him and he could not escape from that conviction anymore. The guilt of his sin started to become more and more heavy in his heart.
As time passed, he began to experience very serious mental and spiritual agony. In fact, it even started affecting his physical health and he could not bear the burden anymore; Finally, he humbles himself before the LORD and confesses his sins and from there on, he begins to experience peace and joy in his spirit.
His relationship with God almighty was restored; his heart was once again filled with hope and trust in God. His mouth was filled with songs of praise again. This experience taught David the deadly nature of unrepented sins; the sins that are hidden from God. How they could affect the spiritual health of a person.
Furthermore, this experience also helped David to recognize the things that are truly valuable in life. Besides, he also realized why it is of utmost importance for a person to have a clear, guilt free conscience before God.
3When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 4For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. b5Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin. (Psalm 32, 3-5)
Moreover, after receiving forgiveness David could once again consider himself as a faithful servant of God and claim His promises. Actually, the following verses reflect his regained trust and confidence in God Almighty.
6Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them. 7You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. (Psalm 32, 6-7)
10Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him. 11Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart! (Psalm 32, 10-11)
Saints, if we examine David’s conclusion from an eternal perspective, we could find that David was absolutely right in saying that:
Because, repentance and forgiveness of transgressions changes a person’s life upside down. The relationship that was broken because of sin gets restored as a result of receiving God’s forgiveness. The people who were condemned to death have been brought into the Kingdom of God. Those who were enemies of God have been given the right to become the children of God. Those who were destined for hell have been given the right to be co-heirs with Christ for the eternal kingdom of God.
Moreover, Repentance and forgiveness also removes every shame and guilt of the past from a believer’s life. It brings complete healing up on his Body, Soul and Spirit. His heart is not heavy anymore. Now, God’s unfailing love surrounds him, because he trusts in God. The mighty waters will not drown him anymore as he now lives under the shadow of the Almighty.
As is evident from his words; David really saw through these things and that is why he makes this conclusion: Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven; whose sins are covered.
In fact, Receiving forgiveness from God is the greatest blessing a human being can have while living up on the face of this planet earth, because, it opens the doors of Heaven before him.
Saints, as you know David was a Man of God; in fact, he was a man after God’s own heart. However, at times he fell in his spiritual walk. Occasionally he committed very grievous sins; but the difference was – he repented and turned away from those sins.
David did not hide his sins from God; though he tried he could not. Even in very difficult circumstances he maintained the integrity of his heart; yes, there was no deceit in his heart.
Similarly, we too might go through difficult times. Like David, we too might fall as we live in a fallen world. But we should not lie where we have fallen. Instead, should get up and keep going ahead. If you think, you have offended God by committing a sin; repent and turn away from it; restore your relationship with God through repentance. Remember, an unrepented heart is deceitful and the Holy Spirit cannot live in it.