A Reason to be Grateful

Text: Psalm 32

Blessings of forgiveness (vss 1-2)

  • This Psalm is written after David’s adultery with Bathsheba, and after he has Uriah murdered to cover up his sin. The guilt David carries weighs heavy on him for weeks and months. And it should.
  • If you say that Old Testament saints gained eternal life by keeping the law, you need to understand what you just read because you don’t understand the law or the righteousness of God. Under the law David is condemned. The man who commits adultery is to be put to death under the law. The man who commits murder is to be put to death under the law. David has done both. David, according to the law, according to his works, David is twice condemned to death.
  • Blessings of forgiveness are found in verses 1-2.
  • David concealed his guilt and didn’t want to deal with it for a while. But Bathsheba is pregnant and starting to show. Her husband is dead. This sin is getting harder and harder to hide. And about the time of the birth of the child, God sends a preacher to David to give him an opportunity to seek forgiveness. David realized how ignorant it is not to want the blessings of forgiveness.

Weight of guilt (vss 3-4)

  • The internal struggle and weight is real. And that guilt is often unleashed on innocent bystanders. You unleash the struggle inside you on someone else in blaming and accusing and berating them because it makes you feel a little better about your own guilt.
  • Guilt is the emotional desert. No more streams of living water, just dried up scorching heat under the holy hand of Almighty God.
  • David was very familiar with his guilt and why he carried it, as are you.

Forgiveness is applied (vs 5)

  • Forgiveness is not blindly applied everywhere, but it certainly is when a man or woman stops trying to hide their guilt before God.
  • Acknowledgement of sin is required by God for forgiveness
  • 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins. This is the acknowledgement of sin.
  • What if you’re already saved? If you’re married or have a friendship and you do them wrong or they do you wrong. Your acknowledgment of wrong is to simply restore a relationship that already exists. When I say sorry to my wife it’s not so that we can get married again, it’s just to restore fellowship that is lost in sin.

Godliness is seeking forgiveness when you’ve sinned (vs 6)

  • Universal application of God’s forgiveness in this manner.
  • In a time when thou mayest be found… The time that God could be found in David’s life was when God sent the preacher, Nathan, to preach to David to bring him either to repentance or to harden David’s heart.
  • Paul makes a reference to David’s forgiveness of sins in Romans 4:4-8.

Songs arise from forgiveness (vs 7)

  • Glory I’m Saved!
  • Redeemed how I love to proclaim it! I love to Tell the Story! Victory in Jesus!