Forgiven, Covered, Not Counted
Psalm 32:1-2 (NIV)
Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.
This is pretty rich language describing the wonderful feeling one has when nothing heavy weighs upon him, when all is well.
This verse goes on to describe the opposite feeling and uses opposing language with equal force to describe the depressing state of guilt when energy is drained.
Psalm 32:3-4 (NIV)
When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.
There is a simple step to take from the heavy place to the blessed place. Acknowledgement of your sin, open confession to the Lord, God's forgiveness.
Psalm 32:5 (NIV)
Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord"--and you forgave the guilt of my sin.
Sin is man's basic problem, salvation his basic need. Repentance and faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord brings immediate salvation from the penalty of sin, progressive salvation from the power of sin, and ultimate salvation from the presence of sin.
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