Psalm 32 - giving understanding - Blessed is he whose transgression's removed
This Psalm is the 1st Maschil
Psalm in the Bilble. There are 13 Maschil
psalms (32, 44-45, 52-55, 74, 78, 88-89, 142). "Maschil
" is the causitive (Hiphil
) participle of the verb sakal
, which means "understand" used in v8
. Hence Maschil
means "causing to understand" or "giving understanding".
This psalm is about the blessedness of having our sins forgiven by God (Rom 4:6-7
). This is the only way to have a spotless conscience. The word here, as all Biblical words in context, gives no ground for irresponsibility on our part. However, the central message is that it is impossible to obtain this blessed state by works, but by trusting the Lord (v10
- "removed" is litterally "lifted".
- "concealed my guilt" is literally "kept silent".
- "life" is literally "moisture" or "life sap"
"heat" is literally "drought".
- literally "Upon this shall all saints
pray unto Thee in a time when You may be found. Only thus, when great waters overflow, they shall not come nigh him. "
- The Lord is my hiding place, and He keeps me from trouble. This does not mean that we do not have troubles, but that in the troubles the Lord is with Me as Supplier and Protector. In v4
the Lord's hand was heavy upon me day and night. Here, in this verse, the type of songs that the Lord compasses me about with are songs of deliverance.
- Lit. "I will cause you to understand and will direct you in this way you should go. I will counsel you. ..."
The Hebrew verb for "cause you to understand" in this verse is the same as in the Psalm title, Maschil.
"My eye is upon you" is comforting and constraining. In what I am going through, the Lord's eye is upon me. Knowing that the Lord's eye is upon me causes me to live and think before the Lord.
- "bridle" is literally "bit and bridle"
We should pray not only when we are in troubles. If we only pray when in troubles, we are like a horse or mule without understanding, only coming to Him when the environment constrains us to.
- The opposite of "wicked" is to "trust the Lord". It is wonderful to have mercy surround us. Mercy surrounds each one individually who trusts the Lord.
- The righteous and upright in heart are those who trust the Lord in v10
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Psalm 32 through David, giving understanding - Blessed is he whose transgression's removed
How bless-ed is that man for sure
whose transgression's removed,
whose sin the Lord has covered o'er.
By God he is approved.
How bless'd is that man whose offense
the Lord reckoneth not,
in whose spirit is no falseness,
whose conscience condemns not.
While I concealed my guilt I felt
worn out within my bones.
What a sad lot I had been dealt,
as all day long I groaned.
For day and night Your hand on me
was heavy, so my life
dried up as in the summer's heat,
leaving naught else but strife.
5 To Thee I acknowledged my sin,
and my guilt did not hide.
I said, I will confess my sins
and in the Lord confide.
You forgave the guilt of my sin.
And now I am at rest.
My pardon You did freely give.
It's so good to be blessed!
On this shall all saints pray to Thee,
at which time, You'll be found.
Only thus, when o'erflows the sea,
`twill not near him come `round.
a hiding place to me.
From trouble you keep me.
Around with songs You compass me,
songs of delivery.
I will cause you to understand
this way you will go through.
I'll direct you and counsel you.
My eye is upon you.
Be not as the horse, as the mule,
without the discerning,
whose mouth must be bound with bridle,
or they won't come near thee.
Many sorrows the wicked own,
but those who trust the LORD,
mercy surrounds him and `tis shown
how all things are ordered.
Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice,
ye righteous shout for joy!
All you who are upright in heart,
again I say rejoice.
But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry inasmuch as He is also the Mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted upon better promises. 7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, no place would have been sought for a second. 8 For finding fault with them He says, ``Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, and I will consummate a new covenant upon the house of Israel and upon the house of Judah, 9 Not according to the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by their hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord. 10 For this is the covenant which I will covenant with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will impart My laws into their mind, and on their hearts I will inscribe them; and I will be God to them, and they will be a people to Me. 11
And they shall by no means each teach his fellow citizen and each his brother, saying, Know the Lord; for all will know Me from the little one to the great one among them. 12 For I will be propitious to their unrighteousnesses, and their sins I shall by no means remember anymore.''
Isaiah 54:13 And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord, and great shall be the peace of thy children.
Now to the one who works, his wages are not accounted according to grace, but according to what is due. 5 But to the one who does not work, but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted as righteousness. 6
Even as David also speaks blessing on the man to whom God accounts righteousness apart from works: 7 "Blessed are they whose lawlessnesses have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered over. 8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall by no means account sin.'' 9 Is this blessing then upon the circumcision only, or also upon the uncircumcision? For we say, Faith was accounted to Abraham as righteousness.
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