April 07, 2020
Do me a favor and read over Psalm 32 and notice a few things with me if you will. I think we can all say a big AMEN to verses one and two. They tell us that blessed or happy is the person whose sin is forgiven, whose sin has not been laid to his account, in whose life their is no deceit. Thank God for forgiveness, not just for forgiving us when we got saved but for continuing to forgive everyday because we need it everyday. David says in verses one and two that he’s happy, and blessed because of God’s forgiveness.
Verses three and four paint a picture of David when he wasn’t feeling so happy, where he doesn’t feel blessed. Why? Because in verses three and four we see a time where David wasn’t confessing sin. He was hiding it, covering it up. For over a year David hid his adulterous relationship with Bathsheba, he covered up the murder of her husband. What was the result? Reread verses three and four again. David became a physical wreck. David was probably about 50 years old at the time, but he began to feel like a sick, old man. David has constant pain, he was groaning (roaring) because of it. God’s hand of conviction was heavy upon him, he felt as though he was withering away. Whatever was going on with David we see he was miserable, he had a defiled conscience, a worried mind (When will I be found out?) and a sick body. God was chastening David. Have you ever felt like David? Maybe you currently feel like David. Under the heavy hand of God’s chastening. What we need to understand is that chastening from the Lord isn’t like a judge punishing a criminal, but it’s a loving father correcting his child, bringing that child to a place of surrender.
Verses five through eleven tells us that there is deliverance, and joy in responding to God’s correction, but we have to take the proper steps. First we have to acknowledge our sin, take responsibility for it (5) and confess and forsake that sin (5) if we do this verse ten and eleven tells us that there is mercy, and joy, and worship of the Lord to be had if we confess our sins. I found an interesting verse this week, and the reason God forgives us is not so we can go back and sin again after we’re forgiven (which I’m certainly guilty of) Psalm 130:4 KJV
 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
I want to encourage you to let the Lord search your heart, if there is some unconfessed sin there acknowledge it before God, confess it to Him and experience the happiness, and blessing of God’s forgiveness.