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Week 2 | Psalm 32 [31]


The Joy of Forgiveness

A Psalm of David. A Maskil.

32 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
    whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity,
    and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

When I declared not my sin, my body wasted away
    through my groaning all day long.
For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me;
    my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah

I acknowledged my sin to thee,
    and I did not hide my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my trangressions to the Lord”;
    then thou didst forgive the guilt of my sin. Selah

Therefore let every one who is godly
    offer prayer to thee;
at a time of distress, in the rush of great waters,
    they shall not reach him.
Thou art a hiding place for me,
    thou preservest me from trouble;
    thou dost encompass me with deliverance. Selah

I will instruct you and teach you
    the way you should go;
    I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
    which must be curbed with bit and bridle,
    else it will not keep with you.

10 Many are the pangs of the wicked;
    but steadfast love surrounds him who trusts in the Lord.
11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous,
    and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!


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Observe (Connect the passage to your life and recent events.)

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Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)

Lord, I acknowledge my sin to you, and I will not hide my iniquity. Amen +

What we discussed | Show Notes


Minutes 00:12:00 – Verses 1-2: What a psalm is; the sin and confession that prompted David to write this psalm; the biblical meanings of blessedness and sin; forgiveness as eradication rather than “covering”; getting “saved”

Minutes 12:01-24:00 –  Verses 3-5: physical affects of persistent sin and of hiding sin 

Minutes 24:01-36:00 – Verses 6-9: mortal and venial sin; God “enters” the psalm; the meaning of wisdom; the OT roots of “stiff-necked”

Minutes 36:01-48:00 – 1 John 1:9, the justice of forgiveness; sin is against God, the other person, the religious community, and the national community; history of Confession as public; public penance

Other Resources

Create in Me a Clean Heart: 10 Minutes a Day with the Penitential Psalms, book by Sarah Christmyer

A “Spiritual Cleanse” with the Penitential Psalms

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