32 1 לְדָוִ֗ד מַ֫שְׂכִּ֥יל אַשְׁרֵ֥י נְֽשׂוּי ־ פֶּ֗שַׁע כְּס֣וּי חֲטָאָֽה ׃ 2 אַ֥שְֽׁרֵי אָדָ֗ם לֹ֤א יַחְשֹׁ֬ב יְהוָ֣ה ל֣וֹ עָוֺ֑ן וְאֵ֖ין בְּרוּח֣וֹ רְמִיָּה 1 ׃ 3 כִּֽי ־ הֶ֭חֱרַשְׁתִּי בָּל֣וּ עֲצָמָ֑י בְּ֝שַׁאֲגָתִ֗י כָּל ־ הַיּֽוֹם ׃ 4 כִּ֤י ׀ יוֹמָ֣ם וָלַיְלָה֮ תִּכְבַּ֥ד עָלַ֗י יָ֫דֶ֥ךָ נֶהְפַּ֥ךְ לְשַׁדִּ֑י בְּחַרְבֹ֖נֵי קַ֣יִץ סֶֽלָה ׃ 5 חַטָּאתִ֨י אוֹדִ֪יעֲךָ֡ וַעֲוֺ֘נִ֤י לֹֽא ־ כִסִּ֗יתִי אָמַ֗רְתִּי אוֹדֶ֤ה עֲלֵ֣י פְ֭שָׁעַי לַיהוָ֑ה וְאַתָּ֨ה נָ֘שָׂ֤אתָ עֲוֺ֖ן חַטָּאתִ֣י סֶֽלָה ׃ 6 עַל ־ זֹ֡את יִתְפַּלֵּ֬ל כָּל ־ חָסִ֨יד ׀ אֵלֶיךָ֮ לְעֵ֪ת מְ֫צֹ֥א רַ֗ק לְ֭שֵׁטֶף מַ֣יִם רַבִּ֑ים אֵ֝לָ֗יו לֹ֣א יַגִּֽיעוּ ׃ 7 אַתָּ֤ה ׀ סֵ֥תֶר לִי֮ מִצַּ֪ר תִּ֫צְּרֵ֥נִי רָנֵּ֥י פַלֵּ֑ט תְּס֖וֹבְבֵ֣נִי סֶֽלָה ׃ 8 אַשְׂכִּֽילְךָ֨ ׀ וְֽאוֹרְךָ֗ בְּדֶֽרֶךְ ־ ז֥וּ תֵלֵ֑ךְ אִֽיעֲצָ֖ה עָלֶ֣יךָ עֵינִֽי ׃ 9 אַל ־ תִּֽהְי֤וּ ׀ כְּס֥וּס כְּפֶרֶד֮ אֵ֤ין הָ֫בִ֥ין בְּמֶֽתֶג ־ וָרֶ֣סֶן עֶדְי֣וֹ לִבְל֑וֹם בַּ֝֗ל קְרֹ֣ב אֵלֶֽיךָ ׃ 10 רַבִּ֥ים מַכְאוֹבִ֗ים לָרָ֫שָׁ֥ע וְהַבּוֹטֵ֥חַ בַּיהוָ֑ה חֶ֝֗סֶד יְסוֹבְבֶֽנּוּ ׃ 11 שִׂמְח֬וּ בַֽיהוָ֣ה וְ֭גִילוּ צַדִּיקִ֑ים וְ֝הַרְנִ֗ינוּ כָּל ־ יִשְׁרֵי ־ לֵֽב ׃
Blessed Are the Forgiven 32 A Maskil 1 of David. 1 j Blessed is the one whose k transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord l counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit m there is no deceit. 3 For when I kept silent, my n bones wasted away through my o groaning all day long. 4 For day and night your p hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up 1 as by the heat of summer. Selah 5 I q acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I r will confess my transgressions to the Lord ,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah 6 Therefore let everyone who is s godly offer prayer to you at a time when you t may be found; surely in the rush of u great waters, they shall not reach him. 7 You are a v hiding place for me; you preserve me from w trouble; you surround me with x shouts of deliverance. Selah 8 I will y instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will z counsel you with my eye upon you. 9 a Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with b bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you. 10 c Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who d trusts in the Lord . 11 e Be glad in the Lord , and rejoice, O righteous, and f shout for joy, all you g upright in heart!
Steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the LORD Intro : *Blessed are those who...how would you complete the sentence? 1. Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven (v1-2) *sin - to fall short (of what you know)...covered (not hidden/concealed, but fixed, dealt with). *iniquity - to twist, pervert...not counted against you. *transgression - to rebel...forgiven/removed/lifted. cf Bible Project videos. cf 'With all your heart' (Troxel) v2b in whose spirit no deceit. Forgiveness comes only with confession! Application directions: Know the different 'angles' of sin (iniquity, transgression, sin, deceit). This is not saying, it's ok to sin since God forgives it. It's saying, in your fight against sin keep confessing it - don't hide it. You actually know sin and temptation better through struggling against them longer. Regular 'workouts' - means of grace. Including community. 2. Confess your sin to God and find forgiveness (v3-7) Mental and physical misery from unconfessed sin. cf 1 Corinthians 11.30 At a time of finding. I.e., today, now with breath in your lungs. Pray v6 means here to confess sin cf Romans 4.6-8 and Genesis 15.6. *Imputation. Because David stops trying to cover his own sin, God covers it. Ultimately he covers it through the gift of his Son. God's glory. He covers our sin and forgives us! He surrounds us with steadfast love! Ever since he gave *coverings to Adam and Eve; bulls and lambs to Israel. And finally his own Son. FCF . Sin, iniquity, transgression. And on top of that, a deceitful spirit which tries to cover it. H1 . All human endeavour is mixed in with the attempt to cover our sin, iniquity, transgression. Shame, dominance, fear of man. Fig leaves in the garden the first attempt. H2 . Rather than be fluent in the new life in Christ, we lean on superficial, pretty awful coverings. Like brute principles. Superficial cliques driven by the fear of man. Dysfunctional ways of relating. We form tribes sharing the same attempts to cover the same sin. So much of the dysfunctional behaviours and relational styles we adopt stem from shame, a hiding of ourselves, a self-disgust or self-disappointment ('I'm not a whole-hearted Christian, I can't really be loved as I am, God must be aloof and self-satisfied like those Christians are...' etc). Person of Jesus. No sin, no iniquity, no transgression. He comes to call sinners, not the righteous. He freely associated with those who were plainly sinful and guilty. cf our pride today, desire to create some kind of imaginary little pure zone for ourselves. Purity is a matter of heart, not of who you associate with. Work of Jesus. NB *Isa 53.5-6 language; he carries our sin, iniquity, transgression. He became the one not preserved in trouble, who died in the midst of the great judgement. Union with Jesus . I am learning to be fluent in this justified life. I am already validated, accepted, loved, approved. This changes now how I relate. Fruit of the Spirit all non-negotiable; love and joy. Remember Galatians, with the famous chapters 5-6 about Christian relationships, is a letter about justification by faith not works! Invitation . Stop covering your sin, instead confess it and find unlimited forgiveness. Confrontation . Stop hiding your sin. Others can see it anyway. It is shown in how you relate. Superficial joy and love for others (frowns rather than smiles). The old, fleshly way of community where I hold back and try to put myself on higher ground than you. Consolation . Blessed are you if you have confessed your sin! The gospel is good news to the poor in spirit. Those forgiven much, will love much. 3. Steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the LORD (v8-11) Reminds us of Psalms 1-2 v11 All the hasidim - those who know and trust his hesed. three blessings 1. Safety amidst judgement. Ultimately that hiding place is Jesus himself at the cross. The flood. 2. I will instruct and counsel you (wisdom style here) 3. HESED will surround you and you'll sing for joy with a ringing cry Ends, 'upright' in heart! God makes us that! As we yield our hearts as they really are to him, without hiding or trying to conceal our own sin. Submission to God leads to fulfilment. The freedom and privilege of saying 'your will be done', of being willing and not needing bit and bridle. Self-control and self-discipline. Parts of Christian life like braking and steering/accelerating in driving a car. Application directions : Being made right with God is shown in our relationships. The gospel forms a totally new kind of *community: a community of upright ones, forgiven ones, set apart ones, adopted ones. All by grace. 'Gospel centred'. Shown in how we relate. Open rather than closed, since nothing to hide or be ashamed of. Affirmation rather than only communicating when we want to correct. Fruit of the Spirit are all relational, including joy. Taking joy in, enjoying, others. Would I cross the street to say hi to them? I no longer need others to validate me, so I'm not crushed by your disapproval. I don't need to avoid you if you disagree with me or are different to me. I'm able freely to be warm and affirming in manner to others. How tragic when the only times Christians really speak or message are to try to correct. Review of Romans 14 . How are we doing? Righteousness, joy, peace. Wrap-up : Blessed are those who...? Have been forgiven by the blood of Jesus. Those who have been forgiven much, love much. *Asterisks - worksheet reminders