1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity,
And in whose spirit there is no deceit.
3 When I kept silent, my bones grew old
Through my groaning all the day long.
4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
My vitality was turned into the drought of summer.
The New King James Version. (1982). (Ps 32:1–4). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
Psalm 32 was written by David after the Bathsheba and Uriah “ordeal.” There is much truth in the text above that we can certainly learn. Not only did David write this, but the Apostle Paul quoted it in Romans 4:7. There has to be some great truth wrapped up in this.
Certainly, it is a beautiful thing to have our transgressions forgiven and that our sins are covered.
There is a difference between a sin and a transgression. Sin means to miss the mark. Try as you might to live life correctly; you just missed the mark. On the other hand, a transgression is willfully and knowingly committing an act of rebellion. David here is admitting that he was both a sinner and a transgressor.
It took David nine months to have this conversation with God. For nine long months, David wasn’t ready to deal with the sin or the transgression he committed with Bathsheba and Uriah.
It wasn’t until the prophet Nathan arrived to tell the parable of the rich man and the poor man that David was forced to deal with the situation. David was incensed by the man in the parable, not realizing that he was the man. That’s how we frequently deal with others; we judge ourselves by our intentions and others by actions.
It’s the next line of the verses that caught my eye. David says, “when I kept silent, my bones grew old.” He knew all along that he had committed a sin and had transgression in his life. For nine months, though, he wasn’t acknowledging it, talking about, or confessing it to God. That silence about his sin caused him to, in his words, grow old. The silence or the cover-up of his sins was destroying him. Instead of turning to God and being free, it was killing him from the inside out. The silence was killing him.
It was when he confessed to God that there was freedom, liberty, and forgiveness. May you learn this lesson from David and not from your own experience. Be quick to repent. The faster you get your sin and transgressions to God, the freer you will be.