by Johnny Hunt

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The Blessing of Being Forgiven - Part 1 (1 of 4)
Series: Behind
Johnny Hunt
Psalm 32

INTRODUCTION: "Walking away from failure to the embrace of forgiveness." I recently posed the question, "what do you desire to leave "behind you" as you enter 2014?"

Critical spirit, unforgiveness, addiction, lack of love, disobedience, lack of commitment, lack of joy, guilt, anxiety, etc.

David writes in such a way as to invite the reader into the experience of forgiveness. It is the forgiveness of sins, which effect all the benefits and blessings that Psalm 32 describes.

This passage is quoted by the Apostle Paul in Romans 4:7-8. Paul uses the word "those" who are forgiven as contrasted with David's "he" who is forgiven. The introduction of the plural into the verse makes the universality of the psalm explicit and invites the readers to find themselves in the experience of David.

This text paints a picture of a person that has been overcome and overpowered by sin, yet in faith has been forgiven and now is giving glory to God (Romans 4:20). Where there ought to be retribution and punishment, we find undeserved favor. In this psalm the forgiveness of sins brings healing to both body and mind, deliverance in times of distress, and the guidance and loving care of the Lord.

Where sin has been forgiven by Almighty God, righteousness has been imparted (imputed), put in account, now there is a blessing that (re)creates life.

IMPORTANT TRUTH: Those who hope for righteousness given through their works have misunderstood the law and its works of effecting sin and wrath.

Romans 3:20
"Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin."

Romans 4:15, "because the law brings about wrath..." A righteousness reckoned apart from "works" is nothing other than forgiveness of sins, a not-taking-themselves into-account. It is underserved favor where there ought to be retribution and punishment.

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