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. Selah
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
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. Selah
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!
by: Susan Bond.
Have you had an experience with the Lord that makes you jump for joy at the thought of it? Like the beggar at the temple gate called Beautiful (Acts 3:1-20), I was begging not for money but for an answer. A bout with depression spurred me to ask God, “Am I really a Christian?” I searched the Bible and books by Christian authors (those entering in at the temple gate).
While reading A New Song by Pat Boone, I asked God to give me his Holy Spirit (See Luke 11:9-13). A deep realization of God’s love freed me from a cage of guilt. Like the beggar, I hadn’t even recognized my greatest need until God met it. “Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven….”(Psalm 32:1, NIV).