Monday, April 7, 2014

Blessed is he whose sin is forgiven

Let's take a look at Psalm 32.

[Psalms 32:1 NKJV] [A Psalm] of David. A Contemplation. Blessed [is he whose] transgression [is] forgiven, [Whose] sin [is] covered.
[Psalms 32:2 NKJV] Blessed [is] the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit [there is] no deceit.

David the psalmist could have said "Blessed is the man who has much abundance." Or, "Blessed is the man who has good health." Instead, he chose what really matters, being seen as forgiven in the eyes of God.

[Mark 2:5-11 NKJV] 5 When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven you." 6 And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, 7 "Why does this [Man] speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?" 8 But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, "Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? 9 "Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, '[Your] sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise, take up your bed and walk'? 10 "But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins"--He said to the paralytic, 11 "I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house."

[Psalms 32:3 NKJV] When I kept silent, my bones grew old Through my groaning all the day long.
[Psalms 32:4 NKJV] For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah

Don't you have those times when life just beats you down? Our bones grow old. We groan. Sometimes from age, sometimes from just being defeated. Like the psalmist,we need that touch from Jesus, and a hand reaching out, declaring "Rise up and walk."

[Psalms 32:5 NKJV] I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD," And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

Back in David's day, being forgiven for your sins required a trip to the temple with an animal to sacrifice. In Jesus' day, He pointed people to Himself being that sacrifice for us instead. Let's take a look at the Lord's Prayer:

[Luke 11:1-4 NKJV] 1 Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, [that] one of His disciples said to Him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples." 2 So He said to them, "When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as [it is] in heaven. 3 Give us day by day our daily bread. 4 And forgive us our sins, For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one."

With Jesus being the sacrifice, we need now only to ask. "...forgive us our sins..."

[Psalms 32:6 NKJV] For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You In a time when You may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters They shall not come near him.
[Psalms 32:7 NKJV] You [are] my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah

Pray to God while He may be found. It is absolutely possible to reach a point where He will not be found. You can find yourself at a point where you are "given over"

[Romans 1:28 KJV] 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

People, do not wait until you grow tired of sin and have had enough. Be rid of it now before it is too late. You may find yourself at a point where you are given over and will no longer entertain the idea that you are a sinner in need of a savior. Do not wait until you end up given over to a reprobate mind.

[Psalms 32:8 NKJV] I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.
[Psalms 32:9 NKJV] Do not be like the horse [or] like the mule, [Which] have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you.
[Psalms 32:10 NKJV] Many sorrows [shall be] to the wicked; But he who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him.
[Psalms 32:11 NKJV] Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all [you] upright in heart!

And again the warning. Do not be a stubborn mule. And I'm not saying you are. The psalmist is passing along a warning to all.

[Heb 3:8-11 NKJV] 8 Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, In the day of trial in the wilderness, 9 Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, And saw My works forty years. 10 Therefore I was angry with that generation, And said, 'They always go astray in [their] heart, And they have not known My ways.' 11 So I swore in My wrath, 'They shall not enter My rest.' "

For those of you who name Jesus as your Savior, Jesus as the keeper of your soul, Jesus as the owner of all you are, I urge you to hang in there during these troubling times. He will give you rest.

And for those of you who have not yet decided to let Jesus be your master, your king, your best friend and the keeper of your soul, I ask you now to let Him be all those things and more.

[Mat 11:28-30 NKJV] 28 "Come to Me, all [you] who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 "For My yoke [is] easy and My burden is light."