Psalm 32

Blessed

What do you think of when someone says that a person is blessed?

Is it when the person is doing well in his life? The person may be successful in his/her career, at the top of the social ladder. Or maybe he/she is just the person who “has it all” – a great job, a beautiful wife and loving children, a big house and that dream car/yacht. Maybe that person just has that ‘golden touch’.

Here however, the author, King David considers something else.

1 Blessed is the one
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.

2 Blessed is the one
whose sin the Lord does not count against them
and in whose spirit is no deceit.

A man is blessed when the Lord does not hold that person accountable for that sin. Sometimes it is hard for a ‘law abiding’ citizen to fully understand how a convicted person feels. The guilt, the shame, the social stigma, and of course the penalty. I suppose it is even more difficult to grasp what it is like to have been redeemed of all this. It is as if all the weight has been lifted off! Grace – getting what you do not deserve. Try thinking of an instance when that has occurred in your life.

5 Then 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.

6 Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
while you may be found;
surely the rising of the mighty waters
will not reach them.

However it does not come just like that. Seek God. Come before Him with a broken heart, and confess. He will be found, and He will forgive your sins. Then you will be safe.

So, are you blessed?

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