Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.Romans 4:7
Psalm 1 is about an upright person. It describes someone who not only avoids wrongdoing but also keeps away from the company of those who could be negative influences. That person is identified as “blessed” or “happy:” “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers” (Psalm 1:1). It is a reminder of the wisdom of choosing God’s way.
But what happens when we don’t make that choice? Is the blessed state of Psalm 1 gone forever?
David had the experience of turning from God. He took another man’s wife and arranged for the man to be killed.
The Psalms reveal David’s thinking after his sin. They show:
- He confessed his sin (Psalm 32:5).
- He prayed that God would create “a clean heart” in him (Psalm 51:10).
- He resolved to share the lessons he had learned about God’s goodness with others (Psalms 51:13).
Psalm 32 reveals the result. David once again felt “blessed:”
“A Maskil of David. Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered” (Psalm 32:1).
David described the happiness he felt using the same Hebrew word that was used in Psalm 1. He had been restored.
The Apostle Paul quotes David’s words in Psalm 32: “just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered” (Romans 4:6–7). Those words are a reminder that the same opportunity that was given to David is also available to us.
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