There is surely hope and comfort for those who are troubled by their sins!

BibleGateway: Psalm 32

ESV Text: Psalm 32

Psalm 32 (Listen)

Blessed Are the Forgiven

A Maskil1 of David.


32:1   Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
    whose sin is covered.
  Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity,
    and in whose spirit there is no deceit.


  For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
    through my groaning all day long.
  For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
    my strength was dried up2 as by the heat of summer. Selah


  I acknowledged my sin to you,
    and I did not cover my iniquity;
  I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,”
    and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah


  Therefore let everyone who is godly
    offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found;
  surely in the rush of great waters,
    they shall not reach him.
  You are a hiding place for me;
    you preserve me from trouble;
    you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah


  I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
    I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
  Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
    which must be curbed with bit and bridle,
    or it will not stay near you.


10   Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
    but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD.
11   Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous,
    and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

Footnotes

[1] 32:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term

[2] 32:4 Hebrew my vitality was changed

(ESV)


KJV Text:

KJV Text (alt. audio): Chapter 32:

     1 A Psalm of David, Maschil. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. 3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. 4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah. 5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. 6 For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.

     7 Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah. 8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. 9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee. 10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about. 11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 325 :
O Thou That Hear’st When Sinners Cry

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. O Thou that hear’st when sinners cry 
Though all my crimes before Thee lie, 
Behold them not with angry look, 
But blot their memory from Thy book. 

2. Create my nature pure within 
And form my soul averse to sin; 
Let Thy good Spirit ne’er depart 
Nor hide Thy presence from my heart. 

3. I cannot live without Thy light, 
Cast out and banish from Thy sight; 
Thy holy joys, my God, restore 
And guard me that I fall no more. 

4. Though I have grieved Thy Spirit, Lord, 
His help and comfort still afford 
And let me now come near Thy throne 
To plead the merits of Thy Son. 

5. A broken heart, my God, my King, 
Is all the sacrifice I bring. 
Look down, O Lord, with pitying eye 
And save the soul condemned to die. 

6. Oh, may Thy love inspire my tongue 
Salvation shall be all my song; 
And all my powers shall join to bless 
The Lord, my Strength and Righteousness. 


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