Psalm 32 . . . forgiven. . .
The Psalms are prayers, simply talking to God, and they are praise, simply talking about God. David is thankful for the forgiveness God gives. He shows us how to tap in to that forgiveness, by confessing our sin. When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. 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.
Psalm 51 is another psalm of repentance and forgiveness. Another word we could use is mercy. Because of God's mercy, we are forgiven. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Under the Old Covenant, animal sacrifices were given for the forgiveness of sins. But David knows the real sacrifice required. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. . . Then there will be righteous sacrifices, whole burnt offerings to delight you; then bulls will be offered on your altar. When we look at God's part in our forgiveness, we see mercy. When we look at our part in forgiveness, we see honesty. God already knows all about us and our transgressions. It is an honest and contrite heart that He forgives. Our sin creates barriers between us and a holy God and between us and others and even creates barriers between us and our real true selves. It creates chaos and confusion. But when we bring it to God as a sacrifice unto Him, He is then able to take it from us and wash us clean. And we no longer offer the sacrifices of animals. Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: "Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased. Then I said, 'Here I am--it is written about me in the scroll--I have come to do your will, O God'". . . And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all (Hebrews 10, the quoted portion being from Psalm 40). If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:8, 9). Yes, all have sinned and fall short of the gory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus (Romans 3:23, 24). As we come to Christ, we are born again. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God (1 John 3:9). Born again, we are new creations in Christ. Let's keep it real and live in the grace of God; the grace of God is powerful. For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope--the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. Praise be to God, our forgiveness, our salvation!