The Sabbath

Psalm 32: 1-6

A Maskil of David

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 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.


Sin makes us loathsome in the sight of God and utterly unfit for communion with him, and, when conscience is awakened, it makes us loathsome to ourselves too; but, when sin is pardoned, it is covered with the robe of Christ’s righteousness.

The forgiveness of sin is that article of the covenant which is the reason and ground of all the rest.

Those may be said to keep silence who stifle their convictions, who , when they cannot but see the evil of sin and their danger by reason of it, ease themselves by not thinking of it and diverting their minds to something else, as Cain to the building of a city, who will not unburden their consciences by a penitent confession, nor seek for peace, as they ought, by faithful and fervent prayer,–and who chose rather to pine away in their iniquities than to take the method which God has appointed of finding rest for their souls. Let such expect that their smothered convictions will be a fire in their bones, and the wounds of sin, not opened will fester, and grow intolerably painful.

Note, He that covers his sin shall not prosper; some inward trouble is required in repentance but there is much worse in impenitency.

We must confess the fact of sin, and be particular in it, confess the fault of sin, aggravate it, and lay a load upon ourselves for it, confess the justice of the punishment we have been under for it. We must confess sin with shame and holy blushing, with fear and holy trembling.

I would make a free and ingenious confession of my sin and immediately thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.

Note, God is more ready to pardon sin, upon our repentance, than we are to repent in order to the obtaining of pardon.

Matthew Henry, Commentary of the Bible, Psalm XXXII, highlights.

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