1 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was dried up[b] as by the heat of summer. Selah
5 I acknowledged my sin to you,
and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
6 Therefore let everyone who is godly
offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found;
surely in the rush of great waters,
they shall not reach him.
7 You are a hiding place for me;
you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
9 Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
which must be curbed with bit and bridle,
or it will not stay near you.
10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.
11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
One of 7 penitential psalms, Psalm 32 is certainly closely related to Psalm 51, in which David looks to the LORD for forgiveness for his grievous sin with Bathsheba and the murder of Uriah. This in regard to psalm 32 from John MacArthur’s Study Bible (a favorite resource of mine): Life’s most important lessons about sin, confession, and forgiveness are skillfully shared by David…
For some reason, I have been hearing about Psalm 51 a lot lately: last Wednesday evening at mid-week Bible study/worship at my home Church, Sunday during Church again and also Monday evening at another Bible study at another Church! I am not complaining, it is something I need to be focused on in my daily walk with the LORD. In contemplating Psalm 51 (and also 32) this morning, I could not help but have a sense of remorse for my sins and also a sense of deep gratitude and love for the One who saved me from them. I seem to be growing closer to God each and every day in my walk with Him, and I pray I do not falter and stray from that path. There is a deep sense of serenity and satisfaction from feeling secure in His presence. Do you have that sense? If you feel Him calling you, now is the time to answer Him. This is the time when He may be found.