1Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. 3For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 4For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah —Psalm 32:1-4
Are you forgetful? Most of the time it won’t cost anything because we find what we lost later. But when it costs us, when we forget something significant in a relationship like a wedding anniversary, birthday, etc, we tend to be less forgetful. This is most obvious if we are forgetful in our relationship with Jesus. Psalms 32 reminds us of why this kind of forgetfulness may be particularly damaging.
These truths are designed to liberate us from our spiritual amnesiac tendencies. In this Psalm, David issues a deeper resolve to his own heart which we would do well to imitate.
I will not forget that forgiveness produces blessedness (vv. 1-2). We are so busy looking for the perfect life that we miss the benefit of Jesus’ perfect life. No one and nothing can EVER remove that blessing we receive through Jesus’ death on a cross in our place, for our sins. Nowhere in God’s Word does it point you to the idea that you can have it both ways. You simply cannot have what sin desires and what the Savior died to give. The greed of sin and the glory of the Savior are mutually exclusive. Happiness comes from being made holy by Jesus through forgiveness.
I will not be fooled into imagining that sin satisfies (vv. 3-4). Don’t forget the story of your salvation. Think about what you were/are without Jesus. Your Jesus story is designed to be joyfully strengthening. Re-tell it to yourself and others to be reminded and reinforced by it. In verse 4, David remembers what happens when He forgot or lost sight of that and talks about when he neglected and cut off contact with God.
Do you see the outcome? It is draining, deep, and distressing. How are you today? Weary? What David found in His wandering away from God is that God, in His mercy, will seek to wear you out as you walk away. Do you see that when the weight of the world is on your shoulders it may be the weight of the Lord’s hand searching your soul?
We may complain, “Why would He do that to me?” We are asking the wrong question. We should ask, “Why would He still do that for me?”—Scott Hamilton
· Am I weary? Am I relying on only Jesus to bring me joy?
· Have I allowed the busyness of the world to distract me from the blessing of Jesus’ perfect life? How can I remember to stay focused on Him throughout the day?
Prayer – Father, thank You for Your Word that shows me when I am going in the wrong direction. I get so busy with life that I forget to focus on the most important relationship I have. You are so good to never give up on me! I praise You for Your care and personal attention to every aspect of my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.