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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 32

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The First Book of Psalms (c 1-41)
Message: Forgiveness Brings True Joy (v 1-11)

Psalms 32 Commentary

(32:1) Psalms of Repentance - Read this psalm in conjunction with Psalm. 51. Both are penitential psalms, or psalms of repentance. Here David expressed the joy of forgiveness. God had forgiven him for the sins he had committed against Bath sheba and Uriah (2 Samuel 11-12). 

(32:1-2) Forgiveness - God wants to forgive sinners. Forgiveness has always been part of his loving nature. He announced this to Moses (Exodus 34:6-7); he revealed it to David; he dramatically showed it to the world through Jesus Christ. These verses convey several aspects of God's forgiveness: He forgives transgression, covers sin, and removes guilt from our record. Paul quoted these verses in Romans 4:7-8 and showed that we can have this joyous experience of forgiveness through faith in Christ. 

(32:1)  Maschil - Maschil  is a term denoting psalms written to make one wise or prudent, to increase his or her success or skill. 

(32:5-7) Confession - By confessing his sin, David stopped trying to hide his guilt. When Nathan the prophet exposed him, he felt guilty for breaking God's law and ashamed for dishonoring God's name before the people and the royal household. If we think we can hide from God, we will experience no relief. When David had been forgiven, God became his hiding place from guilt and shame. If you struggle with remorse for past sins, ask God to surround your heart and mind with his love and to protect you from negative and destructive thoughts. God will surround you with songs of victory. 

(32:5) Agreeing with God - What is confession? To confess our sin is to agree with God, acknowledging that he is right to declare what we have done as sinful and that we are wrong to desire it or to do it. It means affirming our intention of forsaking that sin in order to follow God more faithfully. 

(32:8-9) A Bits and Bridle - God exhorts us not to be stubborn like horses or mules that have to be controlled by bits and bridles. If we comply with God's guidance, he will not have to resort to applying discipline and punishment to keep us on track. God longs to guide us with love and wisdom rather than punishment. He offers to watch over us and teach us the best way to go. Accept the advice written in God's Word and don't let your stubbornness keep you from obeying him.

Dave 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.


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.