From the Pastor’s Pen

Final Thoughts on Psalm 32:1-5

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered.  Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit.  When I kept silent, my bones grew old Through my groaning all the day long.  For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer.  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.             NKJV

David’s grief for his sin was bitter.  God’s chastisement afflicted his physical health.  His physical energy was sapped and his vigor was dried up.  He could find no relief until he made a full confession of his sin before God’s throne of grace.  When he “kept silent” his heart was filled with grief.  He was like a stream whose flow is dammed up.  His afflicted conscience was like a festering boil and until he used the lancet of confession, he knew no rest.  Finally in despair, he cast himself before the mercy seat and confessed the multitude of his iniquities before the omnipotent ruler of creation.

Immediately upon his repentance and confession, David received the joy of divine forgiveness.  His physical afflictions began to heal and he came forth from his prayer of confession to sing of the blessedness of one “whose transgression is forgiven.”

See the value of a grace-wrought confession of sin!  It is to be prized above all price, for in every situation where there is a genuine, gracious confession, mercy is freely given, not because the repentance and confession “deserve” mercy, but for Christ’s sake.  Blessed be God, there is always healing for the broken heart; the fountain is ever flowing to purify us from our sins.  Truly, O Lord, You are a God “ready to pardon!”  Therefore will we acknowledge our iniquities.              Charles H. Spurgeon

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