The Wonderful Effects of Confessing and Forsaking Sin
Psalm 32 will forever be recorded in Heaven as a song about the day David’s soul was set free from the prison house of guilt and anguish over his un-confessed and un-forsaken sin.
As we open to this Psalm, imagine with me the events surrounding the day that David was finally set free from his emotional bondage.
Look at the divisions of this Psalm; if you haven’t marked them down let me remind you of them again. First of all-
1. First, David sings with DELIGHT
When his SINS WERE Forgiven.
v.1-2 “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit.”
2. David sings of his DESPAIR when he remembers the pain when his SINS WERE CONCEALED.
v. 3-4 “When I kept silent, my bones grew old Through my groaning all the daylong. 4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah”
3. David sings of DELIVERANCE. He delighted that his sins were cleansed. He despaired when they were concealed. But he was delivered when his SINS WERE CONFESSED.
v.5-7 “I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah 6 For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You In a time when You may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters They shall not come near him. 7 You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah”
4. David sings about his LONGING that his SINFUL WAYS BE CRUSHED and that his sinful desires be abated.
v.8-11 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. 9 Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you. 10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him. 11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!”
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