Psalms 32* The happiness of a pardoned sinner. (1,2) The misery that wentbefore, and the comfort that followed the confession of sins.(3-7) Sinners instructed, believers encouraged. (8-11)1,2 Sin is the cause of our misery; but the true believer'stransgressions of the Divine law are all forgiven, being coveredwith the atonement. Christ bare his sins, therefore they are notimputed to him. The righteousness of Christ being reckoned tous, and we being made the righteousness of God in him, ouriniquity is not imputed, God having laid upon him the iniquityof us all, and made him a sin-offering for us. Not to imputesin, is God's act, for he is the Judge. It is God thatjustifies. Notice the character of him whose sins are pardoned;he is sincere, and seeks sanctification by the power of the HolyGhost. He does not profess to repent, with an intention toindulge in sin, because the Lord is ready to forgive. He willnot abuse the doctrine of free grace. And to the man whoseiniquity is forgiven, all manner of blessings are promised. 3-7 It is very difficult to bring sinful man humbly to acceptfree mercy, with a full confession of his sins andself-condemnation. But the true and only way to peace ofconscience, is, to confess our sins, that they may be forgiven;to declare them that we may be justified. Although repentanceand confession do not merit the pardon of transgression, theyare needful to the real enjoyment of forgiving mercy. And whattongue can tell the happiness of that hour, when the soul,oppressed by sin, is enabled freely to pour forth its sorrowsbefore God, and to take hold of his covenanted mercy in ChristJesus! Those that would speed in prayer, must seek the Lord,when, by his providence, he calls them to seek him, and, by hisSpirit, stirs them up to seek him. In a time of finding, whenthe heart is softened with grief, and burdened with guilt; whenall human refuge fails; when no rest can be found to thetroubled mind, then it is that God applies the healing balm byhis Spirit. 8-11 God teaches by his word, and guides with the secretintimations of his will. David gives a word of caution tosinners. The reason for this caution is, that the way of sinwill certainly end in sorrow. Here is a word of comfort tosaints. They may see that a life of communion with God is farthe most pleasant and comfortable. Let us rejoice, O Lord Jesus,in thee, and in thy salvation; so shall we rejoice indeed
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