Bought at a price
Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit. When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin. Psalm 32:1-5
Every true believer will eternally be grateful for the forgiveness of sins God provided through Jesus’ coming, His sacrificial death on the cross, and His resurrection. Sins of omission, sins of commission, sins of disobedience, sins of deliberate rebellion, sins of lust, covert sins, “little” sins as well as “big” sins, etc. were all forgiven. It is a thrilling experience to understand that once you receive His gift of salvation, the penalty of sins was paid in full. This is freeing and provides a reason for rejoicing. This is also what the Psalmist declared from the text. He said “transgressions are forgiven,” “sins are covered,” and “sin the Lord does not count against them.” In every way, sin is removed and all that God wants from us is to accept His way of paying for our sins. “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” (Ephesians 1:7). God did it all for us. However, this gift of forgiveness requires action on our part. The Psalmist said that when he kept within himself the sins he committed and will not repent and turn away from his sinful life, every part of himself is being wasted away (vv. 3-4). Once you come to God in repentance and confess, God will forgive. And just like the Psalmist, the only response a believer offers because of God’s forgiveness is to worship and offer his life to God wholeheartedly. “So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!” (Psalm 32:11). “You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies” (1 Corinthians 6:20).
Noel De Guzman