WEDNESDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 9
Title: A Glorious Pardon
Text: “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. (Ps. 32:1).
Scripture Reading: Psalm 32
A teenage member of our church exceeded the speed limit while driving through a small town. Also, the mufflers on his car were unlawful in that town. An alert marshall stopped the young man and charged him with speeding and having improper mufflers. It was such a blow to the young man that he came to see me, his pastor. He asked, “What can I do?” I replied. “Tell the judge that you are guilty and that you want to pay the fine.”
The next day he went to court. Afterward he ran into my office, and with excitement in his voice, he said, “Pastor, guess what happened! I told the judge just what you said. He looked at me, and then he said, ‘Young man, you are guilty, but this time I am going to pardon your offenses.’?” The young man never forgot the generosity of that judge.
Offenders against God also can have a pardon. David, a man guilty of murder and adultery, admitted his guilt and repented. God pardoned David. No greater happiness awaits a person than forgiveness.
I. The contentment (Ps. 32:1?–?2).
The word “blessed” strikes the predominant note of the psalm. It is equivalent to the term happy. David was filled with overflowing joy and contentment because of what God had done with the evil in his life.
A. God forgives transgressions.
1. Transgression is rebellion against God’s rightful authority.
2. To forgive means to lift up and to carry away. Perhaps it has reference to the scapegoat that was sent away into the wilderness.
B. God covers sin.
1. Sin is failure to live according to God’s standard.
2. “Covers” means to conceal so that it will not appear.
C. God imputeth not iniquity.
1. Iniquity means to be crooked.
2. “Imputeth not” means not to charge to a person.
II. The confession (Ps. 32:3?–?5).
Perhaps David tried several methods to rid himself of the memory and guilt of sin. The only help he found was an honest confession to the Lord.
A. The burden of unconfessed sin.
1. Rotting bones?—?the grief of his sin robbed David of strength.
2. God’s heavy hand?—?God brought the facts of sin to David’s recollection.
3. Sapped vitality?—?David possessed a distressed mind because of the conviction of sin.
B. The open confession.
1. An acknowledgment?—?David confessed the fact of his sin to God.
2. An uncovering?—?David resolved not to conceal his sin any longer.
3. A confession?—?David placed the responsibility on himself and opened his life to the Lord.
C. The result of confession.
1. God is willing to hear a sinner’s confession.
2. God forgives penitent sinners.
III. The commitment (Ps. 32:5?–?11).
After David’s forgiveness, he made several commitments to the Lord. Forgiveness is not something merely transactional. It transforms one’s lifestyle.
A. A sharing from experience.
1. David urges everyone to call on the Lord.
2. God will not allow a penitent person to be destroyed. He is our security.
3. David once felt insecure, shut off from God. He testifies that forgiveness brings a sense of belonging to God.
B. The task of instruction.
1. A forgiven man will be an instructor to others of the terrors of sin and the joy of forgiveness.
2. A forgiven man will not be like a stubborn animal that has to be trained to do the master’s will.
C. A contrast.
1. The miseries of the wicked.
2. The joys of the penitent.
Are you tired of the guilt of sin? Perhaps you have noticed a similarity in your experience as compared with David’s. A glorious pardon awaits penitent sinners. When you acknowledge your sins and ask God to forgive, he will abundantly pardon.