Psalms 32:1-11 NLT Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Interlude Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord .” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. Interlude Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment. For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Interlude The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.” Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord . So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!
The Happy State Of The Person Whose Sins Are Forgiven
This is a psalm of David that many believe is written from personal experience. He is joyful because he know that God has completely forgiven him. This joy and relief comes after he acknowledges his sin and confesses (agrees with God that he has sinned). God has forgiven him and he knows that God will forgive everyone who acknowledges and confesses their sin. If they’re in Christ, their sins are covered by His blood!
David then instructs his readers saying that God will teach and guide the person who is sensitive to Him. If we confess our sins and grow in sensitivity to His Word, He will direct us in His ways. We’re not to be stubborn or self‑willed, like a horse or mule, so that God has to put a bit and bridle on us to direct us. Rather, we are to be sensitive to His Spirit and His Word. God will direct the forgiven sinner into paths of righteousness.
Whether David wrote this psalm because of his sin with Bathsheba or from some other incident, it shows that he knew how it felt to have the joy and relief of experiencing God’s forgiveness. He instructs us so that we too can know the blessings of God’s forgiveness.
David ends the psalm by contrasting the wicked, who have many sorrows, with the righteous, who are surrounded by the Lord’s unfailing love. The righteous are not those who never sin, but rather those “upright in heart” because they have confessed their sins. The thought of God’s mercy to sinners who don’t deserve it causes David to break forth with joy . Those in Christ are free from the weight of their sins, free from condemnation, because Christ has paid the penalty! There is no greater joy than that of knowing that your sins are totally forgiven.
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Donald Jacobs is an ordained minister with the spiritual gift of teaching. He is the Associate Pastor of a non-denominational church in Los Angeles, CA.