Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Blessed, the word that begins the Book of Psalm (1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful, means “to be happy.” It is appropriate that this term is used both for the righteous person of the first psalm and the confessed sinner in this psalm 32:1.
Sin is covered: The psalmist describes God’s dealing with sin in various ways. Sin can be taken away, the basic meaning of atonement.
Earlier this year, a friend of mine had the privilege of serving on a jury. The particulars of the case are not important, only that this person had been charged with a crime and now faced a judge and jury.
While my friend did not mention the particulars of the trial, they did explain that after a couple of days of presentation of facts and rebuttals, the jury was sent to a room to deliberate. A verdict was reached and the findings were submitted. The verdict was read “Guilty” and the accused was sentenced to prison.
All of us have sinned; we have broken God’s law. As we stand before the Judge, He is ready to announce the findings of the jury. We know what we deserve without Christ. We know what He is authorized to say. But because of Christ, He declares “NOT GUILTY.”
As a “born again” follower of Jesus Christ, few words are adequate to describe the feeling of being declared not guilty. The implications are significant. YOU ARE FREE. YOU ARE RELEASED. The one word the psalmist used to describe this truth is BLESSED. Indeed we are truly BLESSED.
Heavenly Father, I praise You for forgiving and covering my sins.
If you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I want to let you know that God loves you. He wants to communicate and help you overcome the challenges of this life; And then He wants to welcome you into His Kingdom when your mortal life is over. You can be saved by praying the prayer below:
Please forgive me for all of the bad things I’ve done. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that He died for my sins, and that He rose again from the grave so that I can have eternal life.
Jesus, I invite you to be the Lord of my life from this day forward.
Thank You for saving me.