The Blessedness of Forgiveness

TEXT:† Psa. 32

INTRODUCTION:

A.††† THE PSALMS OF DAVID ARE FILLED WITH BEAUTIFUL

††††††† EXPRESSIONS OF PASSIONATE PRAISE AND PRAYER.

B.††† THIS IS JUST SUCH A PSALM Ė AFTER HIS SIN WITH

††††††† BATHSHEBA.

I.†††† THE BLESSEDNESS OF FORGIVENESS (vs. 1-2)

A.††† SEEN IN WHAT SIN IS (1 John 3:4;† James 4:17)

An affront to His Goodness and Love (Rom. 2:4).

B.††† SEEN IN WHAT SIN DOES.

††††††† 1.†††† It degrades man (Phil. 3:18-19;† Rom. 1:28-32).

††††††† 2.†††† It deceives (Eph. 4:17-19;† 2 Pet. 2:17-19).

††††††† 3.†††† It separates from God (Eph. 2:1, 12).

††††††† 4.†††† It condemns (Rom. 6:23;† Rev. 20:14-15).

C.††† SIN PRODUCES GODLY SORROW IN A GODLY MAN (vs. 3-4).

††††††† 1.†††† Companion Psalms (Psa. 6 and 8).

††††††† 2.†††† Psa. 51:16-17;† 2 Cor. 7:10;† James 4:8-10.

††††††† 3.†††† Godly sorrow distinguished by its fruit:

†††††††††††††† a.†††† David/Saul

†††††††††††††† b.†††† Peter/Judas

III.†† FORGIVENESS IS CONDITIONAL (vs. 5-6).

A.††† WE MUST CONFESS OUR SINS.

††††††† 1.†††† Psa. 51:1-4.† Davidís example.

††††††† 2.†††† 1 John 1:9.

B.††† WE MUST TURN AWAY FROM THEM.

††††††† 1.†††† Acts 8:18-24.† Simon the Sorcerer.

††††††† 2.†††† 1 John 1:6-7.

C.††† WE MUST DO IT IN TIME (vs. 6).

††††††† 1.†††† Isa. 55:6-7;† 2 Cor. 6:2.

††††††† 2.†††† Compared to the time of the flood (vs. 6b;† Matt. 24:35-42).

IV.† GOD IS MY REFUGE (vs. 7-11)

A.††† GOD IS THE ONLY SOURCE OF HOPE (Eph. 2:4-7).

B.††† THAT HOPE REST ENTIRELY ON JESUS (Eph. 1:3;† John 14:6).

C.††† CAST THEN YOUR BURDEN ON HIM (Psa. 55:22;† Matt. 11:28-30).

††††††† 1.†††† God will direct (vs. 8).

††††††† 2.†††† Donít be stubborn (vs. 9;† 1 Pet. 5:6-7).

††††††† 3.†††† God is faithful to forgive (vs. 10;† 1 John 1:9).

††††††† 4.†††† Therefore, REJOICE (vs. 11;† Phil. 4:4).

CONCLUSION:† ARE YOU BURDENED BY SIN?