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“Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.” Psalm 32:1. NIV.
The scripture quoted starts with “blessed,” which could be translated as happy or joyful. This kind of blessing only comes from God. A “transgression” is to violate the law. To cover a wrong is to meet the demands of justice so what is owed is canceled and judgment is lifted.
Repeating the same thing, “Transgressions are forgiven” and “Sins are covered,” is a beautiful poetic device but more- it is gloriously hopeful. The doubling statement suggests extraordinary uncommon complete forgiveness. You can say sins are not just forgiven but forgiven but are out of sight and completely forgotten forever.
Payment for sins was made on the cross. “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds, you have been healed.”(1 Peter 2:4.). Jesus lived a life free of sin then he took our sins. Because his good work satisfies justice we have the assurance that his death for us is acceptable to God and it is confirmed because Jesus rose from the tomb. The resurrection is the great affirmation; if God was not pleased with his payment Jesus would have remained dead. Jesus rose from the dead and he lives today an eternal assurance that we can have our transgressions forgiven.
If you are haunted by guilt then put your trust in Jesus. “All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” Acts 10:43. NIV. If you believe in the life death and resurrection of Jesus on your behalf then you will have the blessing of Forgiveness.
To find out how you can be sure your sins are covered see my other blog.
Oh God of Justice and of mercy
I have not yet received your complete forgiveness
I am guilty of sins against you and others
I know Jesus died to pay for my sins
And rose from the dead- proving he is victorious.
I trust Jesus to be my Savior from guilt and punishment
I receive your forgiveness and accept your blessing
From now on I will gladly serve you, my Savior.
I thank you, Father, for sending your Son to die for me
Thank you for the blessing of forgiveness.
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