Monday Reflection – January 20, 2020
Make it Real!
Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. Psalm 32:2
Psalm 32 is titled, A Psalm of David. A Maskil. Maskil means contemplation or instruction and reflects the mind and attitude of David. We are not told the specific occasion that prompted this song; however, some theologians believe that Psalms 32 and 51 are tuned together and is thus referenced to David after his sin with Bathsheba and against Uriah. Psalm 32 is clearly one of penitence, but it is also the song of a ransomed soul rejoicing in the wonders of the grace of God. G. Campbell Morgan says of this Psalm that sin is dealt with, sorrow is comforted, and ignorance is instructed.
David begins by speaking of the great blessing there is for anyone who knows the forgiveness of God. His or her sin is no longer exposed, it is covered. There is double joy, bundles of happiness, and mountains of delight! We are blessed when we make full confession and repentance of sin. David knows fully well what it was like to be a guilty sinner. He knows the seriousness of sin and how good it is to be truly forgiven. Like David, we should know that if we are judged on works alone, the righteous God must condemn us. David knows by experience, blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
In today’s text, David speaks of real forgiveness by the declaration of God, not merely the quieting of a noisy conscience or an imagined peace with God. This was a standing with God declared and given, not earned. In verses 1 and 2, David uses three words to describe sin:
1. Transgression – which means crossing the line, defying authority
2. Sin – falling short or missing the mark
3. Iniquity – which is crookedness and distortion
Equally, David uses three terms to describe what God does to put away sin:
1. Forgiven – the lifting of a burden or a debt
2. Covered – that of sacrificial blood covering sin
3. Does not impute – means bookkeeping; it does not count against a person
So David declares that the forgiveness of sin is to be found in God. The prior life of sin and double-living was over for David; he was now the repentant and forgiven sinner. The forgiven life needs no more deceit to cover one’s ways. Charles Spurgeon offers sound advice from this text – be honest; do not deceive ourselves; come clean before God; have an honest religion, or have none at all; have a religion of the heart; put aside the mere vestment and garment of piety, and let your soul be right within. Of note is that David reports in verse 3 that when he kept his sin hidden and was silent, the stress of a double life and unconfessed sin made him feel old, oppressed, and dry.
Today’s text invites us to lay bare before the Lord, humbly confess our sins and seek his pardon. We must remember that God already knows, because his eyes are everywhere, keeping watch over evil and good (Proverbs 15:3). There is no hiding! And O what joy and peace we experience when we are set free from our sins! No more looking over our shoulders; no more wondering who will find out; free and free indeed! Let’s make it real!