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May 30 - Morning

"Blessed is the one
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the one
whose sin the Lord does not count against them
and in whose spirit is no deceit.

When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
For day and night
your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped
as in the heat of summer.

- Selah -

Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
my transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave
the guilt of my sin.

- Selah -

... I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
Do not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
or they will not come to you.

- Psalms 32:1-9

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The Blessing of Confession of Sin    

Psalm 32 is categorized as a “maskil” in the title superscript, but the exact meaning of this word is still undecided. Some clues come from:

  1. Verse 8 where this same psalm uses the same root word which is translated “let me teach you.” This sense of “teach” and “instruct” matches the tone of this Psalm 32 which is a didactic psalm, or an instructional psalm. (This is similar to the intent of Psalm 78:1. Also, consider Psalm 42, Psalm 44 and Psalm 45.)
  2. Amos 5:13 the word “maskil” is translated as "prudent".
  3. Some commentators suggest “maskill” means:
    1. A psalm for meditation
    2. A psalm of understanding
    3. A psalm of skill

Psalm 32 is indeed a Psalm that shares the instruction of a man who has experienced and discerned truth. In this case, David explains the effect of his transgression and how he navigated his way through the chaos and darkness to gain restored fellowship with the Lord and find deliverance and victory.

The instruction begins in verse 1 by identifying the ultimate principle which is this: The blessed state, or the true happiness, is having your sins forgiven. (Note: there is no assumption that sinlessness is even an option nor is living free from sin presented as an option.) The focus is on the fact that it doesn’t get any better than having your sins forgiven.

Humans are introduced as sinning in three basic ways:

  1. “transgressions which is rebellion towards God
  2. “sin” which is a turning away or missing the target demanded by God
  3. “iniquity” which is guilt before God

Human evil is thus identified and introduced as universal, but it is also presented with the hope that there is an opportunity of your sin being “lifted,” “covered,” and “not counted.”

It is interesting that a fourth sin, “deceit,” is also introduced, but it is not given any option of being lifted, covered, removed or forgiven. This is true because the existence of deceit prevents the human spirit from honestly identifying personal sin. Without the ability to honestly evaluate personal sin there is no possible way to confess that sin. The deceitful spirit will try to justify the iniquity, hide the sin, and reject the Lord’s authority.

32:3-4 detail the results of the sinner failing to confess their sin. They fail to have their sins forgiven because they remain silent refusing to confess their sin. This position advances their program of deceit. The hidden sin of the deceitful sinner effects their body and their emotions. At the same time, the conviction of the Lord weighs down their soul.

But, when the sinner identified their sin and confessed their sin to the Lord instead of covering it with deceit, the Lord willingly forgave the broken sinner. (32:5-6)

This psalm is written with a selah inserted. A selah is the time during the public singing of this psalm that the singing of the lyrics stops while the playing of the music continues. A selah was a time for the worshipper to meditated silently and consider the meaning of the words just sung and make personal application of these truths to their own life.

After a time of reflection, while the background music played (or during the selah), the psalmists appeals to all sinners (thus, all mankind) in 32:8-9. The Psalmists asks the listening congregation to receive this instruction and to not be like a horse or a mule who must be controlled with a bridle.

The sinner can only be free and blessed if they honestly identify their sin to the Lord. Without confession the sinner will never be free, but will instead be bridled and saddled by the Lord like a horse is bridled and saddled by a rider who forces the horse wherever the rider desires.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“I am going to put the Bible out of business.”
– Robert Ingersoll (1833-1899)

Something to Ponder??

Here is a list of 27 crimes that required the death penalty under the
Law of Moses:

- Premeditated Murder
Ex. 21:12
Num 36:16-22
- Killing Pregnant Woman
and Child
- Kidnapping
Ex. 21:16; Dt. 24:7
- Oppressing Strangers
- Killing Slaves
-Afflicting Widows/Orphans
- Persistent Disobedience to Parents
- Persistent Disobedience to Authority
- Striking Parents
Exodus 21:15
- Cursing Parents
Ex.21:17; Lev.20:9; Deut.21:21
- False Prophesy
- Followers of a False Prophet
Deut. 13:12-18
- Sacrificing to False Gods
Ex.22:20; Deut. 17:5
- Offering Human Sacrifices
- Magic and Divination
Ex.22:18; Lev.19:26, 31; 20:27; Deut. 18:9-14
- Blasphemy
Lev.24:10-16, 23
- Profaning Sabbath
Ex.22:14; 35:2;
- Adultery
Lev.20:10-21; Deut.22:22
- Homosexuality
Lev. 18:22; 20:13,
- Sexual Perversion
- Incest
Lev.18::6-17; 20:11, 12, 14
- Bestiality
- Prostitution
- Rape
Deut.22:21, 25-27
- Premarital Sex
Lev.21:9; Deut.22:20-21
- False Witness
Deut.19:19, 21
- Owning an animal that attacks people

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Tsaba (Hb) – Army (Eng) – tsaba is the Hebrew word where several idea s come together including “a group,” “a difficult task,” and “to force into action.” These concepts come together to give the Tsaba the meaning of “service as a group” and is applied in the military sense. It is used as “host” (including angelic host) in military service, war or as an army. Tsaba also is used to communicate “work,” or “a labor force,” “forced labor,” Tsaba can even be translated as “conflict.”


It is worth recognizing that the followers of the apostles honored the writings of the apostles as authoritative. Many of those in the second generation after the apostles suffered for what the text of the New Testament documents taught. So, it is not reasonable to assume that the early church willingly altered the text of these documents or felt they could publish deviations of the very words that gave their faith substance, gave their history meaning and gave their life direction. Besides, for many years, even well into the second century, eyewitnesses of Jesus and his apostles continued to live and remain active in the church community. These world hardly had stood for faulty transmission of the New Testament. And, do not forget that extra-biblical documents from secular sources such
as the:

All these write in such a way that supports the New Testament record that has been handed down to us.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information

Have I confessed my sin today? I will make a commitment to daily confess my sins to the Lord, instead of ignoring them, hiding them or neglecting to recognize sin as sin.

"If you play the fool and
exalt yourself,
    or if you plan evil,
    clap your hand over
your mouth!"

- Proverbs 30:32
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Hinnom Valley

Olive trees deflect the sunlight in the Hinnom Valley at sunset
below Jerusalem on the south side. Jerusalem, or the ancient City of David, is at the top of the hill (or, mount) on the right side of the photo.

A map detailing 1 Kings chapter 12 and Jeroboam's
  A map detailing 1 Kings chapter 12 and Jeroboam's
golden calves that led northern Israel astray.
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