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Our Journey Online - March 5, 2013

  • 2013 Mar 05
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Blessings upon Blessings

1Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2Blessedis the man against whom the LORDcounts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. —Psalm 32:1-2

Blessings upon blessings. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Who wouldn’t want that to be the title of their life? The question is: is that really possible?

King David begins Psalm 32 with the idea that a person can experience a life of blessedness. That may sound strange coming from a man like David, an adulterer, murderer, and liar. Yet he declares blessedness is something one can own and experience. Is this too good to be true?

If you are alive, you know sin and own sin. Romans 3:23 tells us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” All of us have sinned, transgressed, missed God’s mark, and fall short of His expectations. Romans 6:23 adds, “The wages of sin is death,” and Isaiah 59:2 explains, “Your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.” Every one of us has sinned before God and our sin has removed God’s blessing. It has even removed our ability to ask for a blessing. So what do we do?

David knew sin and owned sin. The Lord certainly knew David’s sin and most certainly could count out each and every one of David’s sins. Yet in this Psalm, David is declaring the Lord counts no iniquity. Not the Lord does not know how to count or puts off counting, but the Lord is not counting iniquity because there is no iniquity found to count. It’s gone! Erased! Covered!

It is as though every iniquity was stricken from God’s ledger. All of those sinful choices—gone! All of those deceitful thoughts and actions—erased! All of those transgressions against our holy God—covered!They are nowhere to be found for counting.

This forgiveness is such a great blessing that David uses a plural form for the word “blessing” in verse 2. He is saying, “The Lord not counting my iniquity exceeds a single blessing. It is a multiple, double joy, a mountain of delight, blessings-upon-blessings reality!”

David now owned the imputed righteousness of God—God’s righteousness transferred to David’s sin-indebted life account. How wonderful it is to be in that place of knowing the reality of God’s full forgiveness. Sin covered! Transgression gone! No iniquity to count! Prayers heard! Blessings upon blessings! —Doug Helmer

Journal:

·         Do I have a big view of my sin? Do I have a big view of God’s forgiveness?

·         How can the blessings-upon-blessings reality of forgiveness be expressed in my life today?

Prayer – Father, I do not deserve Your forgiveness. My sin is great, yet the work of Jesus Christ at Calvary is greater. May I live with an increasing disdain for sin and an increasing love for what is right in Your eyes. Thank You for making forgiveness available. Thank You for offering me blessings upon blessings!In Jesus name, Amen.

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What if you believed—truly believed with all confidence that God is with you? How would today go for you if you knew without a doubt that God is in control? What would be different in your life if you were sure God is watching and good? What would you risk if you were certain God is victorious? 

Just how would believing God’s promises change your life?  

Ask the greatest Christian you’ll ever meet if they hold on to God’s promises and they’ll all say yes. Believing that God will do what He promises leads to a great life. The greatest Christian you’ll every meet knows, treasures, and is resting in the promises of God. They cling to these assurances that God gives His people so they can walk by faith while they wait for Him to work.

So what exactly does God promise?  In this topical study of what will always be true, Pastor James MacDonald will explore five great and precious promises that God keeps. Enter into this study with anticipation and faith that the God who makes these promises is faithful and true... always true.
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