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The Joy of Forgiveness of Sin

Psalm 32

Introduction to the Joy of Forgiven Sin

  • A penitential psalm (Ps. 6; 32; 51; 102; 130; 143) expressing the writers deep grief/sadness over their sin.
  • Penitential psalms picture the first two Beatitudes (Mt 5:3-4)

I. The Blessedness of Forgiveness (v. 1-2)

  • Blessed = deep-seated joy and contentment in God
  • Plural = Oh the blessedness or double-joys
  • This blessedness is based on knowledge.

Three Words for Sin:

  1. transgression—”a going away” a “departure” or “rebellion” against God and His authority.
  2. sin— “falling short” of the mark (Rom 3:23)
  3. iniquity— “corrupt” “twisted” or “crooked”

Some New Testament words for Sin:

  • Sin (hamartia) – missing the mark, short of the bulls eye (perfection) Rom. 3:23.
  • Transgression (parabasis) – stepping across the line, or going beyond the limits intentionally 1 Tim. 2:14, James 2:9
  • Lawlessness / Iniquity (anomia) – intentional or flagrant sinfulness 1 John 3:4
  • Trespass (paraptoma) – slipping or falling out of carelessness (trespass) Eph. 2:1

Three Words for What God Does with Sin

  1. forgiven—”lifted off” or “taken away”
  2. covered—taken from the Day of Atonement
  3. not counted—bookkeeping term. God does not count our sin against us (Romans 4)

II. Effects of Unconfessed Sin (v. 3-4)

  • Physically effects our health and energy
  • God’s hand of judgment is on you

Sorrow and Grief are not the same as repentance

III. True Confession of Sin (v. 5)

  • It is comprehensive—David acknowledges all aspects of his sin.
  • David confessed it all and God forgave it all! Immediately!

IV. David’s Response After Confession of Sin (v. 6-7)

  • Encourages others to do likewise (Ps 51:13)
  • Understands that judgment will come and now is the time (Is. 55:6, 2 Cor. 6:2)
  • Understands that God will personally protect, preserve and deliver him.

V. God’s Promise to the Confessor of Sin (v.8-10)

  • God will instruct, teach, and counsel you (Eph. 2:8-10; Titus 2:11-14)
  • God cautions us against ignoring His instruction and the effect of sin in our lives.

VI. Conclusion (v. 11)

Three responses to forgiveness:

  1. be glad—
  2. rejoice—
  3. shout for joy—