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Psalm 32

Psalm 32

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Sermon: Sin, Confession, Forgiveness, and Restoration
Bible Passage: Psalm 32

I. The psalmist committed something that strained his relationship with God

He uses three different terms to refer to the same thing that caused the strain:

1. Transgression (verse 1)
2. Sin (verse 2)
3. Iniquity (verse 2)

II. For some strange reason, the psalmist did not repent and confess to God (verse 3)

III. He remained “silent” about it probably for a period of time

1. He was unwilling to confess his sin, and attempted to conceal his guilt in his heart
2. In other words, he was not open with God
3. He probably thought that the guilt would eventually die away
4. Most likely, he would have kept himself busy with work, entertainment, activities, etc.,

IV. When he remained silent, God pursued him to bring about repentance and confession

1. “your hand was heavy upon me”—(verse 4)

a. NET: day and night you tormented me
b. Continuous chastening of God
c. It seemed as if the Lord was trying to kill him
d. Though the psalmist was aware of the need for repentance, but stubbornly refused to yield to God

2. “bones wasted away” (verse 3)

a. Growing weak due to the bottling up evil within the soul
b. Feeling sick of heat from God’s chastening

3. “groaning all day and night”—

a. the consequence of the pain of living with guilt and a stifled conscience
b. Constantly feeling discomfort

4. “my strength was sapped”

a. Drying up of vitality and strength
b. Feeling exhausted

V. The psalmist sees his misery as a result of God punishing him for his unwillingness to confess his sin

VI. Selah (interlude)

A genuine believer cannot remain in a state of guilt and stay away from God (cf. 1 John 3:6, 9;

VII. God uses different means to keep His children close to Himself through different means that includes chastisement—God is missional

1. He was willing to be open and honest before God (verse 5)

a. I acknowledged my sin
b. I did not cover up my iniquity
c. I confessed my transgression

2. God forgave the guilt of his sin (verse 5)—it reflects verse 1-2 (instant forgiveness)
3. Now, the psalmist is able to differentiate between unrepented state and repented state (verses 1-2)

a. Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven
b. Blessed is the one whose sins are covered
c. Blessed is the one whose sin the LORD does not count

4. Blessed is the who does not cover up his deceit
5. The minute he confessed, God forgave him

a. Inner peace
b. Relief to the mind
c. Healing

VIII. Selah (interlude)

1. God restores a repentant believer to a complete relationship with Him (cf. 1 John 1:9)
2. Christian life is not a life without sin, but it is a life with a culture of confession and repentance (1 John 1:8-19)
3. A Christian stand before God, not because he/she is sinless or righteous, but because God has appointed an Advocate (Paraclete), who intercedes for us perpetually (1 John 2:1-2)
4. A Christian does not need to be in denial, but he/she needs to be vulnerable before God (1 John 1:5-7)
5. A Christian does not merit justification and sanctification; both are the work of the Triune God
6. A Christian need to be constantly exposed to the Truth

IX. After having received God’s forgiveness and experienced a complete deliverance from his painful ordeal, he gives spiritual instruction to the onlookers/fellow believers (6-10)

X. Jesus is the “paraclete” and our perpetual High Priest

1. 1 John 2:1-2: And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins
2. Hebrews 8:1: We have such a high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens

Take Away:

Come back to God with repentance and confession and reap the rich benefits of God’s forgiveness

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at wjsubash@crossroadbangalore.org