Pastor Thomas Smith   -  

“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.”¬†Psalm 32:1, 2

To those who know Christ as Savior and have experienced the new birth, this would have to be considered one of our most appreciated blessings. THE BLESSED MAN has been forgiven of his sins, “the LORD imputeth not iniquity” unto him. That means that God does not count or hold our sins against us. Oh, what a wonder this is!

As remarkable as it may now seem to some of us, the matter of personal transgression is not an important issue to most of our world, and the reason is simple. The world has never been convicted nor enlightened concerning the seriousness or the consequences of rebellion. The average person goes through his day with little regard for his individual sin. If he thinks at all of his sinful acts, it is only in terms of what it might cost him or how it might hinder some human relationship. It is probably not in terms of what it means to God. Lost people do what comes naturally; they sin.

But, when the Spirit of God begins to work in a person’s heart, his feelings about his sin changes. The Holy Spirit’s ministry, in part, is to “reprove the world of sin” (John 16:8). When God showed us that we were sinners, our sin became much more serious to us. We began to realize that our sin was against God, and that it separated us from our Creator and all that He has in store for us. The Word of God showed us that our sin, if not forgiven, would condemn us to an eternity of torment in hell. There was nothing we could do of ourselves to rectify our sin problem. Then we heard the good news that Christ died for our sins. He paid the entire price for our forgiveness by His death on the cross, then He rose from the dead. God offered us eternal life and the forgiveness of sins, if we would repent and place our faith in Jesus Christ, receiving Him as our Savior and Lord. The Bible then declares us justified, forgiven of all our sins.

Our text tells us, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.” The only thing that can provide permanent covering and cleansing of our sins is the sacrificial blood of Jesus Christ. Then we begin to understand the wonder of THE BLESSING OF SINS FORGIVEN.