David starts the thirty second Psalm with these wonderful words;‘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! (Ps 32:1-2).
In considering these words, my mind firstly soars in a ‘vertical’ direction. Those who have believed and repented of wrong, can know, savour, rejoice in and celebrate over, God’s undeserved and unmerited forgiveness. Isn’t that glorious?
Furthermore, as we read on, we see that this divine pronouncement of justification has ‘horizontal’ implications. Why? Because those that know this freedom are called to reveal to a watching world the evidence and outworking of what God has accomplished for us. We are encouraged then to live lives without contradiction or compromise. To literally, be the same on the outside as we are on the inside.
After developing his theme and comparing the turmoil of one who will not repent or one who lives with double-mindedness, David concludes; So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him. Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure! (P 32:11).
I encourage you then, this week, to join the celebration!
Yours and His, Gareth