1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. (Psalm 32:1-2 NKJV)
We sin…but can be blessed. How? Why?
The three words used to describe sin by David are transgression, sin, and iniquity. Each word has a specific implication and the three words used together communicate the nature and gravity of our actions when they are against God’s standard of Holiness.
Transgression means rebellion or revolt describing how we go away from God and His authority. It reminds us when we sin we are sinning against God and departing from the course He has prescribed for us. The word sin is most like the Greek word in the New Testament and means to fall short or miss the mark. This is an archery term describing when an arrow falls short of the target and in our lives God’s law is the target and we fail to measure up. The final word, iniquity, means corrupt, perverse, twisted indicating what we do to the standards of God and corrupting ourselves in the process.
This is where we are without our Heavenly Father. We are in rebellion, falling short, and corrupting ourselves by twisting God’s standard in thought, word, or deed. This is not a position from which we can be an effective man…a blessed man…someone who can stand strong in their own life and in the lives of others. Think about what we said earlier. Billions of people on this earth all sinning and falling short of God’s standard. It is no wonder we find all the hurt, pain, and evil in the world. We hear it all the time…how can there be a God with all this evil in the world. Man hurting those closest to him. Man not valuing the soul of another enough to be decent to them. Man making decisions or taking actions without regard of the consequences to another. All of this creates pain, turmoil, confusion, dread and certainly does not communicate or espouse hope. So what do we do?
Well, we are right back where we started. We recognize that we are sinning and that we are sinning against God alone. We recognize that if left to our own devices our life and the lives of others will continue to be lacking, pain-filled, confused, and without the direction needed to go from tragedy to triumph in Christ Jesus. We will lack the perspective and state of being required to make it through this sin cursed world to Heaven…where there is no sin…where God is.
So we go back to the true source of our manhood and we find the one thing we need the most…forgiveness. David also uses three words to describe the forgiveness we receive from God. The first is forgiven which literally means “to lift off”…God lifts the burden of our sin off our shoulders and we can stand a little taller. The second word used is covered which is taken from the imagery of the Day of Atonement on which the high priest would enter the Holy of Holies and sprinkle blood on the mercy seat (lid) of the Ark of the Covenant. We are blessed because the all-powerful and cleansing blood of Jesus not only covers but washes us clean of our sins. The final word/phrase is “not impute” which means to not count or account or think of. This is a bookkeeping term and David is telling us that God does not count our sins on a ledger sheet when we are forgiven…He forgets too. We understand from our own lives how awesome of a power that is…to forget.
The message is simple. All of our sins, our corruption, and our rebellion is lifted from us, covered, and not counted against us when forgiven by God. When we recognize we are forgiven…then we can forgive. Our life might seem like a drop in the bucket this big world but think about the drop of water falling in the middle of a still pond. It makes the pond a little fuller and the ripples stir the reeds on the banks. That is impact. We have impact…but only in a life lived blessed because our Heavenly Father forgives and empowers us…when we ask Him…but that is a discussion for tomorrow.
For today, don’t wash over the terrible and grave nature of your sin in your life…no matter how big or small. Don’t forget that when you sin, you sin against God and God alone. Don’t forget, that even though you sin, God will forgive you and only He can. And remember, reconciling the sin in your life with your Heavenly Father results is the source of blessed living. If you consider what you have done and what God has done, you are so much better equipped to reflect the grace, mercy, forgiveness, love and hope of God to others and that will have an impact. That will make the terrible conditions we face in this world a little brighter and a little more loving for us and those we come in contact with. Recognize your sin but never forget your Father will forgive you…He is on the porch ready to run to you with open arms (Luke 15)! What an awesome God we serve! What an awesome man you can be with His help. Live blessed today!