REPENTANCE & FORGIVENESS

BLESSED IS THE ONE WHOSE TRANSGRESSIONS ARE FORGIVEN

Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven; whose sins are covered. I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin. Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart (Psalm 32:1, 5, 11).

Sometimes it takes a lot to force us to confess sin to God. It’s not something we like to do, and many avoid it at all costs. In the Bible, it took seven years of living like an animal for King Nebuchadnezzar to confess his pride to God. It took wars, famine, and numerous judgments from the Lord for the Israelites to confess their sin. And, it took a crushing work from God for David to finally acknowledge, uncover, and confess his sin to God.

Let’s look more closely at David’s sin. He tried to hide, deny, and be silent about his sin. It took a prophet named Nathan to spell out the ugliness of his sin before he finally manned up. Only then did he acknowledge his sin before God. It’s as if David finally said, Okay, I give up. No more silence. I officially make the declaration that I have sinned before the Lord. Then David tells us he no longer covered up his iniquity. He pulls back the cover on his sin and says, there it is. Uncovered. Out in the open for the Lord to see.

And then David says that he confesses his transgressions. See all of that twisted up sin? David exclaims, It’s all mine. I confess that I, and I alone, did it all. They are my horrific sins. That is no light-duty repentance. That is sin fully acknowledged, uncovered, and confessed to the Lord. And it pleased the Lord. See Psalm 51 for more detail.

What a relief it must have been for King David to know his sins were now erased from God’s ledger book. Gone! Eliminated! Wiped out! It is important to note that David understood not only did God erase his sin, but He also took away the guilt of his sin. David was forgiven and guiltless before God! What a relief!

The result of repentance that leads to forgiveness is threefold: gladness, rejoicing, and song. The forgiven experience a supernatural gladness that permeate their very souls. The forgiven have good reason to give verbal expression of God’s amazing goodness and grace in their lives. The forgiven sing! They shout because they indeed have something to sing about.

King David, the adulterer, murderer, liar, repented. He confessed and turned away from his sin. And the Lord forgave. Need forgiveness? Need the song back in your heart? Then confess that sin, don’t hide it!

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