THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER
Psalms of Prayer & Praise
Part 54: Psalms 32: The Truly Righteous Pray For Forgiveness
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In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Editors Note: Will the Lord hear my cry as I pray for forgiveness naming my sins. Also will He hear me as I pray for those that have listened to those that stand in arrogance and ignorance against God and His people? Thus accepting their foul report on those commissioned and Called to His service. Some came and went the Prophets and the Historians the Sages the Writers the Great Thinkers the Intellectuals although many looked on in aversion lifting up malice. But in time as time will pass and many days are added up what has been written will come to pass.
No material reward was gained are desired by the true saints of God. They knew of another day and time. Meanwhile the greatest gift to them rendered by the Creator was the Divine Inspiration to look out upon the universe, the earth and its people and see God.
Peace be unto you. To the Church (the Church of Christ Jesus the Prophets and Apostles) and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible (the Spirit of God) as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway. We also come with no material motive or gain or profit from rendering the Truth of God. Those called to great service are given the greatest prosperity that exists by God and not man.
There is truly a blessing in store for the saints when they ask God to forgive their sins. A blessing from God bespeaks of happiness we will find this happiness when we ask of God in repentance and are freed from guilt. We also note that this Psalms is a continuation of Psalms 51. Meanwhile at this place David expresses his great joy as the Lord forgave him of his sins against Bath-sheba and Uriah (See II Samuel 11 and 12). This Psalms is also counted in the Psalms of repentance when the writer confesses his sins to God.
This discussion will be in two parts. The first part will review the first 5 verses found here and we will conclude this discussion with the remaining verses. Beloved we come praying for forgiveness for our sins and our faults and in this we will gain favor from God.
Psalms 32: 1: “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.”
There is no way for us go to through this life sinless. Also God’s blessings are not based on a sinless existence. But God has always had in place some system whereby man could gain forgiveness for his sins, thus allowing him to have the divine blessing. Meanwhile our sins are covered by the plan of atonement that is set in place at the time. (We also refer you to Romans 4:7-8 where the Apostle Paul mentions this scripture. At this place Paul writes about the righteousness of Abraham which is apart and different from works noted at verses 1-8).
As a cross reference turn to the 85th Division of Psalms. There are 13 verses here that deal with the theme of reverence to restoration. No doubt reverence leads to forgiveness. In forgiveness our love and joy in the Lord is restored. Our primary verse here is verse 2.
Psalms 85: 2: “Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin.”
God is always ready to pardon his subjects when they comply with the terms of repentance. As we apply this to Israel we see that they had been guilty as (iniquity) a nation of idolatry. But after they had spent 70 years in captivity they had been cured of this sin and the Lord forgave them.
Return with us now to our primary scripture found at Psalms 32. We continue with verses 2-3.
Psalms 32: 2-3: “Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. (Also see II Corinthians 5: 19).
Our Lord wants to forgive sinners. The record shows how forgiveness was rendered to Moses (Exodus 34:7); He also revealed his mercy to David and most especially we see this in the coming of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Meanwhile when a man complies with the laws of God regarding his sins the believers are pardoned. The Lord will not hold his iniquity against him. Guile is a particular kind of sin noted in deceit. However if man abides by the terms of the Lord he will indicate his sincerity and show that he is free of guile.
32:3: “When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.” (Also see Psalms 39: 2).
David was not at ease and found no comfort in mind and body until he petitioned the Lord in prayer. What of the saints today, can we find comfort without asking the Lord for forgiveness?
Turn back one page to Psalms 31. Here the writer teaches us that in times of great stress and in crisis situations we must have complete commitment in God. There are no situations that God cannot work out in prayer. There are 24 verses here for your thought and mediation but turn with us to verse 10. But be sure to make special note of the verses before and after verse 10, (verses 9 and 11).
Psalms 31: 10: “For my life is spent with grief and my ears with signing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.”
Iniquity is at times translated to mean punishment. Here we find that our brother David was being punished by his enemies. This punishment was so great that his body was worn down and he called on the Lord for help. Will you call on the Lord as did the FreedomJournal as our enemies and the enemies of God’s people sought to Censor and derail our On-Line Journal? O’ help us O’Lord and we will be forever grateful?
We now return to our primary scripture at Psalms 32 and our final verses 4 and 5.
Psalms 32: 4: “For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me; my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. (Also see Job 33:7 and Psalms 39: 10).
David uses the figurative use of drought (as opposites) and moisture to illustrate the feelings he had when the troubles of life came upon him. This is why the power of prayer is so important. A powerful cross reference is found at Psalms 22 and verse 15. Regardless of the apparent rejection by your friends God will never reject you. Stay in prayer and be saved.
Psalms 22: 15: “My strength is dried up like a postsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thus hast brought me into the dust of death.”
The state of dying does not always have to come by way of a physical disease. The forces of life can also bring one to the brink of nervous exhaustion. However when we call out to the Lord in any time of distress He will hear us.
Now for our final verse at this Part of Praying for Forgiveness.
Psalms 32: 5: “I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.”
At this verse sin and iniquity mean virtually the same thing. However sin and iniquity is not quite as strong as transgressions. To commit sin (transgressions) in a sense of rebellion is a sin out of arrogance. Sins of ignorance can be corrected however those of willful arrogance fester and taint one’s salvation. Meanwhile David made a full confession of all his faults and was forgiven.
See Leviticus 26: 40 where the writer teaches about the results of disobedience. Also see Job 31: 33: “If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom:” Psalms 38: 18: “for I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.”
Also see I John 1: 9: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
We name the sins we have committed. We also confess only to the Lord the sins He only knows. Meanwhile we keep our faith intact as we stay in repentance.
Peace and Paradise,
Dr. Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press 7 February 2010 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
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