Psalm 32:1, 2 - The Joy of Forgiveness.
Psalm 32:1, 2 (NLT) Oh, what joy for those
whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put
out of sight! 2 Yes, what joy for those whose
record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives
are lived in complete honesty!
God wants to forgive sinners. Forgiveness
has always been part of his loving nature. He
announced this to Moses (Exodus 34:6, 7); he revealed
it to David; he dramatically showed it to the
world through Jesus Christ. These verses convey
several aspects of God's forgiveness: He forgives
disobedience, puts sin out of sight, and clears our record
of guilt. Paul quoted these verses in Romans
4:7, 8 and showed that we can have this joyous
experience of forgiveness through faith in Christ.
[Life Application SB]
Read this psalm in conjunction with Psalm 51
- both are penitential psalms. Here David
expressed the joy of forgiveness. God had forgiven him
for the sins he had committed against Bathsheba
and Uriah (2 Samuel 11-12). This is another of
the penitential (repentance) psalms where the
writer confesses his sin to God. [Life Application
Without a doubt, one of the great
blessings of being a Christian is that God gives His
children second chances. He knows were not going
to be flawless. Even when weve failed
miserably, He gives us the opportunity to put it all
behind us. And He can dramatically turn things
When it comes to the subject of sin -
something that, unfortunately, were all very
familiar with - we have two ways to approach it. We
can confess it for what it is, turn from it, and
know the happiness of being forgiven. Or, we can
try to conceal it and then ultimately know the
misery of being found out and reaping what weve
The devil is cunning. He knows how to
present sin so that it has a certain appeal. And
because of the short-term pleasure that sin offers,
many people dont think of the long-term
repercussions. But make no mistake about it. The Bible
warns that our sin will find us out (see Numbers
32:23). Sometimes it happens immediately. And
sometimes it happens after a period of time.
When the people of Israel were preparing
to cross the Jordan River and take possession
of the land God had promised them, Moses posed
this challenge from God: Today I have given
you the choice between life and death, between
blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth
to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you
would choose life, so that you and your
descendants might live! (Deuteronomy 30:19 NLT).
Choose it, God was saying. You
can walk with Me, or you can walk away from Me.
You can live, or you can die.
We have a choice in the matter. Its
amazing that some people would consciously choose
death. But that is essentially what we do when we
choose to go against God and His Word. [Greg Laurie
from Harvest Ministries;
LINKS FOR FURTHER STUDY
Deuteronomy 30:19 - Choose Life!
1 John 1:9 - Confession Brings Forgiveness
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