Greetings! The first two verses are really a massive understatement to me. We toss around the word blessed rather easily, but consider how it is used here. If my sins aren’t forgiven and God counts them against me as He could, then I have no hope and am doomed to an eternity in Hell.
Yet with his forgiveness I not only don’t get the punishment I deserve but I get a life with him now and for eternity.
1 Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
2 Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.
3 When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Selah
5 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. Selah
6 Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him.
God is patient, but there will come a time when forgiveness is no longer possible. 250,000 people will die today all around the world. Very few knew today would be their day. Today is the day to get right with God.
7 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.
9 Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.
10 Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him.
11 Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!
The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
Today is a great day to rejoice in God’s love and forgiveness.