1 Blessed is he
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
2 Blessed is the man
whose sin the LORD does not count against him
and in whose spirit is no deceit.
from This Day with the Master,
by Dennis F. Kinlaw
The Hebrew language is rich in vocabulary for moral realities, and particularly for describing sin. Interestingly, neither English nor Greek contains so many words to talk about the reality of sin. Hebrew has a word for willful transgressions, when a person knows the Law and knows not to break it, yet breaks it anyway. It has another word for a sin when one sees what one is supposed to do and attempts to do it, but fails, or falls short. A third word describes the perverseness of the human heart. We know what is right, but there is something inside of us that wants to do the opposite. Finally, there is a word that is used for deceit, guile, or duplicity — when one wears a face that is not true to who one really is.
The psalmist says the person is blessed who is clean on all of these accounts. If a person reaches the place where trespasses are removed, short-comings covered, perverseness and iniquity cleansed, and duplicity gone, that person is the model for other men and women. That person should be the standard — the one who on all accounts is clean of sin.
Does your understanding of sin include all that the Scripture includes? Is there any rebellion in your heart? Any shortcomings? Any perverseness? Any deceit? If there is, you need to let Christ cleanse your heart.
3 When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night
your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was sapped
as in the heat of summer.
5 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.
6 Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you
while you may be found;
surely when the mighty waters rise,
they will not reach him.
7 You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.
Book / movie: The Hiding Place
If you have never read or seen the story of Corrie ten Boom, you owe it to yourself to rectify that! Corrie and her family, in obedience to Christ, sheltered Jews from the Nazis in the Netherlands, and were sent to concentration camps when it was discovered. Her true story is told in the book The Hiding Place (1971), which was later made into a movie; see the trailer HERE.
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you and watch over you.
9 Do not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
or they will not come to you.
10 Many are the woes of the wicked,
but the LORD’s unfailing love
surrounds the man who trusts in him.
11 Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous;
sing, all you who are upright in heart!
“We know by experience that music has a secret and almost incredible power to move hearts.”
HERE is a treat for you — “The Yearning” by Craig Courtney.