Celebrate

Celebrate

Reading this weekend, I came across Psalm 32. It starts off with “Blessed is…”, of course reminding me of the sermon on the mount. In fact, this Psalm could be read to see the Gospel of Jesus Christ in eleven short verses a thousand years before his birth.
Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Can I get an amen??!! Blessed are we the Christians, who have received the forgiveness of God through his son Jesus Christ. Blessed are we who have had our sins covered by the blood of the Son, who have received the free gift of His salvation. The apostle Paul references these verses himself in his epistle to the Romans – “Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”” Romans‬ ‭4:4-8‬ ‭ESV‬. We try to work for our salvation, we think we deserve salvation. But the truth is, we can never do enough good works to offset our sins. It is only through faith that we can come to confess our sins to Christ and ask His forgiveness. Principle four in recovery tells us to “Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.” This is the only way to receive forgiveness for the wreckage left behind, do we can then move forward to the blessings to come.

Forgiven
Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. Once we have confessed our sins and received the new life offered to us, once we’ve come out of darkness and into the light, our sins are no longer counted against us. “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬. Covered by His blood, joined with Him in His death, burial and resurrection, reborn, we no longer stand condemned by the things we’ve done.
For 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 dried up as by the heat of summer. We can choose to continue to hide our sins. We can choose to continue in them openly for that matter. We are never forced to accept His free gift of salvation. It is always a choice we make. But the offer is always there.
 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. 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. King David’s short testimony and encouragement to those who would come after him. When he kept silent and hid his sins, he suffered and continually felt God’s punishment. Just as we suffer sleepless nights, stress, angst, even personal and financial loss as the the result of doing things our own way. But when we acknowledge our sins, our faults, He forgives us our wrongs.

Horse with a bit
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. 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. The speaker is now God Himself. It’s interesting that these two verses sound like they could have come from Proverbs, which were written later by David’s son Solomon. God will teach us if, as Jesus says, we have eyes to see and ears to hear. We can choose to be stubborn, to continue to do things our own way, but we will not stay near to God if we do.

Sorrows of the wicked
Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! We can choose the wide path of sorrows. Or we can choose to trust in Christ. We can hide our sins, and stay in the darkness. Or we can choose to confess those sins and come out into the light. If we confess those sins, if we accept the free gift offered by the blood of Jesus Christ, those sins are forgiven. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! And yes, we should celebrate our recovery! Celebrate our salvation. We have received the best news in the world, why do we walk around with such sorry attitudes?? Celebrate like we are the special guests at the weeding, like we are sitting at the head table. That’s a comparison made many times in the New Testament. Because joy in our heart is the only right response to a gift as great as we’ve received.

“Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. For 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 dried up as by the heat of summer. 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. 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. You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. 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. Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭32:1-11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

http://bible.com/59/psa.32.1-11.esv

John Lewis

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