[1] Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

得赦免其过, 遮盖其罪的这人是有福的。

Psalm 32

In the Book of 150 Psalms, only Psalm 1 and 32 begin the psalm with the word “Blessed”. In Psalm 32, David expressed the joy of forgiveness when God forgave him for the sins he had committed against Bath-sheba and Uriah. This is another psalm where the writer confesses his sin to God and rejoices upon receiving his forgiveness.

[2] Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.


The psalmist expressed his joy when his rebellious acts were forgiven and his sins were pardoned. These 2 verses convey 3 aspects of God’s forgiveness: forgives transgression, covers sin, removes guilt from our records and from our spirit.

[3] When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.


[4] For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.


[5] I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my trangressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.


Verses [3] and [4] express the heaviness of sin. When the writer refused to confess his sin, his whole body wasted away while he groaned in pain the whole day. He felt tormented day and night and as though someone tried to destroy him in the intense heat of summer.

The psalmist went on in Verse [5] that when he confessed his sin, he no longer covered up his wrongdoings, and he received God’s forgiveness of his sins. If we want God to forgive our wrongdoings, we need to make them known to Him. Otherwise how can the Lord forgives us. Likewise, if we have hurt someone, we need to admit our offence to this person, apologise for it and seek forgiveness from him/her.

What then is confession? Biblically, to confess our sin is to agree with God, to acknowledge that He is right to declare it sin, and that we are wrong to desire or to do it. It is to affirm our intention of abandoning that sin in order to follow Him more faithfully.

It is commonly told that when a man and his spouse quarrel, the woman is the one who is “historical” in that she will always bring back past records. Oops, no offence to the ladies! When God forgives us, he clears the record of our wrongs and takes away our guilt. He will not be historical. To experience God’s forgiveness, we must confess our sins. Only then can your heaviness of sin be removed. When we do, we must also make a commitment to change our behaviour and not to return to that sin.

[6] For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.


[7] Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.


[8] I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

我要教导你, 指示你当行的路;我要定睛在你身上劝戒你。

[9] Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.


[10] Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about.


[11] Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.


In Verse [9], the psalmist reminded some people not to be stubborn as horses and mules which will not obey you unless they are controlled by a bridle and bit. Do not let subborness get in your way, let God be your Guide along the best pathway of your lives (Verse 8) and walk the advice written in God’s Word.

The psalmist concluded with the shout for joy rejoicing true happiness. Indeed, HAPPINESS is to be FORGIVEN, and HAPPINESS is in the LORD!

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