Dec 20, 2020
If you recall I preached a message on Psalm 51 and it is quite similar to this Psalm. Psalm 51 and 32 are seen by Bible Scholars as PENITENTIAL PSALMS of David connected with his sin of adultery against Bathsheba and the murder of Uriah.
The difference in this Psalm with Psalm 51 is that here David is assuming the ROLE of a TEACHER who had gone through the PAINFUL EXPERIENCE of abhorrent sin and he is telling people not to travel the road he walked on.
The word “Maskil” at the heading indicates that this is a Psalm of instruction. There are three main points in this Psalm:
TEXT: Psalm 32
I. THE BLESSING OF FORGIVENESS (vv. 1 – 2)
II. THE CURSE OF UNCONFESSED SIN AND THE BLESSING OF CONFESSION (vv. 3 – 5)
1. The curse on my body (v.3)
2. The curse on my spirit (v.4)
3. The cleansing in my confession (v.5)
III. THE SINNER’S FIVE-FOLD EXHORTATION (vv. 6 – 11)
1. Pray that you may be preserved. (v.6)
2. Pray because of who God is and what He does. (v.7)
3. Pray that God may instruct and counsel you. (v.8)
4. Do not be stubborn to prevent misery. (vv. 9 – 10)
5. Find your joy and satisfaction in the Lord (v. 11)
For today’s lesson, we will tackle only points one and two, and do a second and concluding part for point no. 3, since there is so much to cover in this Psalm.
When we realize that sin has NO ESCAPE ROUTE, we have to be thankful to God that through Jesus’ Christ sacrifice, we have been lifted up from the miry clay of sin.
We all have experienced unspeakable joy because of God’s complete forgiveness of all our sins.