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Psalm 32 Jan. 15 By David. A contemplative psalm.  1Blessed is he whose iniquity is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2Blessed is the man to whom Yahweh doesn’t impute iniquity, in whose spirit there is no deceit. 3When I kept silence, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 4For day and night Your hand was heavy on me, my strength was dried as in the heat of summer. Selah. 5I acknowledged my sin to You, I didn’t hide my iniquity. I said, I will confess my transgressions to Yahweh, and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah. 6For this, let each one who is Godly pray to You in a time when You may be found. Surely when the great waters overflow, they shall not reach to him. 7You are my hiding place, You will preserve me from trouble, You will surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah. 8I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go, I will counsel you with my eye on you. 9Don’t be like the horse or like the mule which have no understanding, who are controlled by bit and bridle, or else they will not come near to you. 10Many sorrows come to the wicked, but grace shall surround him who trusts in Yahweh. 11Be glad in Yahweh, and rejoice, you righteous! Shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart!   


32:1,2 This is a soliloquy, David talking to himself as he meditated upon God’s forgiveness of his sin with Bathsheba. But it is quoted in Rom. 4:7 with a subtle change of pronoun; “blessed is he” (:1) is changed to “blessed are they”. Thus David’s sin with Bathsheba and in murdering Uriah her husband becomes representative of all our sins, and we have received the same amazing grace which David did, seeing that there was no legal way out of what he had done- he deserved only death. See on 38:4.
32:4 This refers to the period of time between the sin and the visit of Nathan which convicted David of his sin (2 Sam. 12).
32:6 Let each one who is Godly pray to You- David’s experience of sin and utter forgiveness should inspire each sinner to repent; but the repentant sinner is here described as “Godly”. Godliness doesn’t mean we are sinless, but rather that we believe in God’s forgiveness and are willing to repent.
32:8 David’s experience of forgiveness became the motive for his preaching of it to others. Isaiah, Peter, the disciples and many others were given preaching commissions immediately after having been convicted of their own sinfulness. For this is the attitude of mind which makes preaching powerful and usable by God.