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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 32

he happiness of a pardoned sinner. (1,2) The misery that went before, and the comfort that followed the confession of sins. (3-7) Sinners instructed, believers encouraged. (8-11)

Verse 1,2: Sin is the cause of our misery; but the true believer's transgressions of the Divine law are all forgiven, being covered with the atonement. Christ bare his sins, therefore they are not imputed to him. The righteousness of Christ being reckoned to us, and we being made the righteousness of God in him, our iniquity is not imputed, God having laid upon him the iniquity of us all, and made him a sin-offering for us. Not to impute sin, is God's act, for he is the Judge. It is God that justifies. Notice the character of him whose sins are pardoned; he is sincere, and seeks sanctification by the power of the Holy Ghost. He does not profess to repent, with an intention to indulge in sin, because the Lord is ready to forgive. He will not abuse the doctrine of free grace. And to the man whose iniquity is forgiven, all manner of blessings are promised.

Verses 3-7: It is very difficult to bring sinful man humbly to accept free mercy, with a full confession of his sins and self-condemnation. But the true and only way to peace of conscience, is, to confess our sins, that they may be forgiven; to declare them that we may be justified. Although repentance and confession do not merit the pardon of transgression, they are needful to the real enjoyment of forgiving mercy. And what tongue can tell the happiness of that hour, when the soul, oppressed by sin, is enabled freely to pour forth its sorrows before God, and to take hold of his covenanted mercy in Christ Jesus! Those that would speed in prayer, must seek the Lord, when, by his providence, he calls them to seek him, and, by his Spirit, stirs them up to seek him. In a time of finding, when the heart is softened with grief, and burdened with guilt; when all human refuge fails; when no rest can be found to the troubled mind, then it is that God applies the healing balm by his Spirit.

Verses 8-11: God teaches by his word, and guides with the secret intimations of his will. David gives a word of caution to sinners. The reason for this caution is, that the way of sin will certainly end in sorrow. Here is a word of comfort to saints. They may see that a life of communion with God is far the most pleasant and comfortable. Let us rejoice, O Lord Jesus, in thee, and in thy salvation; so shall we rejoice indeed.



David Burnette's Life Application

Truly Blessed



Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Psalm with Chapter 32. In our text today we see a theme of how forgiveness brings true joy. A truly blessed man. In making application we see that only when we ask God to forgive our sins will He give us real happiness and relief from guilt. Today many are try to escape their guilt with more sin but it is only Jesus who can forgive them to be truly blessed. How about you? Are you carrying around guilt? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that only Jesus can forgive us from our sins and when our sins are forgiven we will be free from our guilt to be truly blessed.

 

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Psalm 32

Psalm 32

 1Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

 2Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

 3When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.

 4For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.

 5I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

 6For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.

 7Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

 8I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

 9Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.

 10Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.

 11Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.