Sin and Sinners:Psa.32:1-5

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,whose sin is covered.Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity,and in whose spirit there is no guile.v1-2.

Although the”seeker friendly church”avoids the subject it is apparent from the first verse of this Psalm that sin is the greatest problem of the universe.Our modern thinkers cast a cynical smile at the mention of the word “sin.” However,sin is a reality.

In the first two verses of Psa.32 sin is described under three different words-first,as trangression;then,as sin;and finally as iniquity.God has a remedy for each.He has forgiveness for transgression,He has a covering for sin,and He has a method of accounting,in dealing with iniquity.

The word forgiveness in this Psalm has an interesting little message.The word itself, “Nasa,” means eased,lightened,taken off.John.1:29.Behold the Lamb of God that “taketh”away the sin of the world.You and I are burdened with transgressions.They weigh heavily upon us.David says,Happy is the man whose transgressions are taken off,lightened from him.

“Taketh away”has three meanings.

1.To lift or to raise up.To relieve someone else of the load.Christ lifted our sins.Psa.40.

2.The taking of that load upon one’s shoulders.

3.To carry away.

What has he done with our transgressions?He has eased them.He has taken them from us,but he has put them on someone else.That is the gospel.He placed our sins upon the person of His Son and on the cross of Calvary. “He was wounded for our transgressions,he was bruised for our iniquities:the chastisement of our peace was upon him;and with his stripes we are healed.'(Isa.53).

2.God covers sin.Happy is the man “whose sin is covered.”

Jesus not only take(subtracts)our sins,he gives us his righteousness.2Cor.5:21 We might be made the righteousness of God in him.If you have received Christ he covers you. Erling Olsen relates this story.One night returning from a meeting he discovered a book on a table with a white cover.This book printed in his plant should have had a red cover.Then he saw that there was a red bulb in the electric socket.The red rays of light upon the red cover of the book had changed it to a perfect white.He said, “Then I remembered with great joy that it is written, “Come now, let us reason together,saith the LORD:though your sins be as scarlet,they shall be white as snow;though they be red like crinsome,they shall be as wool.”But why?The N.T. answers, “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”As the red rays made it appear that the book had a white cover,so God as He looks at us through the precious red,shed blood of His own Son does not see upon our heart the stains of sin but He sees a perfect white,the perfectness of His own Son.We are covered with Christ.

3.Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity….A book keeping term.Not only does God credit righteousness to the man who believes Christ,but he refuses to charge that man with sin.He has already charged that man’s sins to Christ.It should be apparent that salvation is of the Lord.It is His work.We simply receive it as His benefactor.

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