Bible Text: Psalm 32 | Preacher: Pastor Steve | Series: David: Abiding in the Lord
There is a need in the life of the Body of Christ for a Spirit-filled dynamic renewal:
Peace (shalom) and power (dunamis) of the Holy Spirit
The convicting presence of the Holy Spirit concerning sin
Revival of our ministry responsibility where we live
The church learning and understanding its biblical authority over sin and evil
Forgiveness releases personal and relational freedom
Psalm 32:1-2 Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses
Forgiveness is not forgetting
Forgiving is not excusing
Forgiveness is cleansing
Forgiveness is simply a miracle
Forgiveness does not guarantee a painless future
Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgression from us.
Romans 4:1-8 Abraham was, humanly speaking, the founder of our Jewish nation. What did he discover about being made right with God? If his good deeds had made him acceptable to God, he would have had something to boast about. But that was not God’s way. For the Scriptures tell us, Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith. When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned. But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.
David also spoke of this when he described the happiness of those who are declared righteous without working for it: Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin.
Unforgiveness and silence becomes a burden that will drown us!
Psalm 32:3-5 When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, I will confess my rebellion to the Lord. And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. Selah
2 Corinthians 4:1-2 Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
Dealing with sin requires us to:
We need to STOP HIDING!
They SINNED and the Lord came and the shame and embarrassment drove them into the bushes to HIDE.
Zechariah 3:3-4 Joshua, standing before the angel, was dressed in dirty clothes. The angel spoke to his attendants, Get him out of those filthy clothes, and then said to Joshua, Look, I’ve stripped you of your sin and dressed you up in clean clothes. (THE MESSAGE)
God provides protection and direction
Psalm 32:6-9 Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment. For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. The Lord says, I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.
There are two significant things given to us as gifts from our Lord in Psalm 32:
verses 6-7: Protection
verses 8-9: Direction
Worship is the result of our real genuine relationship with Jesus
Psalm 32:10-11 Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord. So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!
The joy of the Lord is released (not produced) in our hearts and soul.
Matthew 26:26-29 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, Take, eat; this is My body. Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.