A message from Pastor Mike of the Road to Freedom Program.
The backstory to Psalm 32 gives incredible insight to the breathtaking conclusion of verse 5. It is written by David as he reflects upon the Grace of God after he committed adultery with Bathsheba and other heinous crimes in an attempt to cover it up.
He begins with, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” The word “blessed” means to be happy, content and to have contentment in your soul. Is that possible after such horrific acts? Apparently, YES.
David then goes onto explain in verses 3-4 how terrible it was when he tried to cover up his sin. He felt the convicting Hand of God upon his heart and it left him weak and miserable. We have all been there, haven’t we? Knowing the wrong we had done, trying to manipulate people and circumstances so we would not have to face the consequences of our actions. These verses speak right to our hearts and we can all relate to them.
But then verse 5 brings us right back to the immensity of God’s Grace and Mercy. David writes, “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.”
David finally comes to his senses and realizes he cannot outrun God. God knows what he did. David is now ready to confess his transgressions to the Lord and face the consequences of his actions. When he does, he finds something amazing. He finds God instantly forgives David and walks with him through the consequences that would follow.
In fact, the word picture of that last phrase is truly breathtaking. David writes, “…and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.” Now at first glance that does not make sense. “Iniquity” is a synonym of “sin.” Does David mean that God forgave “the sin of my sin?” No. David is trying to communicate that God not only takes away our sin when we ask Him to forgive us, but He also takes away our guilt and shame. Wow!
No wonder David says, “Blessed is the man…”