Psalm 32

The Blessing of Forgiveness and Restoration



Psalm 32 is a psalm of David, expressing his experience of the blessing and relief that come from receiving God's forgiveness. As we study this psalm from a New Covenant perspective, we will see how it points to Jesus Christ as the ultimate source of forgiveness and restoration. We will explore the themes of confession and repentance, the joy of forgiveness, and the guidance of God.

Section 1: The Joy of Forgiveness (vs 1-2)

"Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him, in whose spirit there is no deceit."

Talking Points:

Harmony: Ephesians 1:7 "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace."


Section 2: Confession and Repentance (vs 3-5)

"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 drained as in the summer heat. Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not conceal my iniquity. I said, 'I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,' and You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah"

Talking Points:

Harmony: 1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."


Section 3: The Guidance of God (vs 6-11)

"Therefore let all the faithful pray to You while You may be found. Surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him. You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah. I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will give you counsel and watch over you. Do not be like the horse or mule, which have no understanding; they must be controlled with bit and bridle to make them come to you. Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but loving devotion surrounds him who trusts in the LORD. Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, O righteous; shout for joy, all you upright in heart."

Talking Points:

Harmony: John 10:27-28 "My sheep listen to My voice; I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them out of My hand."



Psalm 32, interpreted through the perspective of the New Covenant in Christ, expresses the joy and relief of forgiveness and the blessedness of those who find redemption in God, finding its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus.

The psalmist's proclamation of the blessedness of the forgiven reflects the freedom and joy we experience through the forgiveness of sins offered by Jesus' sacrifice on the cross (Ephesians 1:7).

The psalmist's acknowledgment of the weight and burden of unconfessed sin resonates with our own need for repentance and the cleansing power of Jesus' blood (1 John 1:9).

The psalmist's declaration of God as a hiding place and a deliverer points to Jesus as our refuge and Savior, who rescues us from the power of sin and death (Romans 7:24-25, 2 Corinthians 1:10).

The psalmist's exhortation to offer instruction and guidance aligns with the teachings of Jesus, who provides the way of righteousness and leads us in the paths of life (John 14:6, Matthew 7:24-25).

The psalmist's encouragement to rejoice and be glad echoes the joy and gratitude we have in Christ, who offers us abundant life and eternal salvation (John 10:10, 1 Peter 1:8-9).

Psalm 32 reveals the joy and relief of forgiveness, the blessedness of redemption, and the transformative power of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer and Deliverer.