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PSALMS : Week 4 (Psalm 32)

March 6, 2016 Preacher: Aaron Lytle Series: PSALMS

Topic: Forgiveness Verse: Psalm 32

Psalms - A Journey in Lent

1Oh, what joy for those
whose disobedience is forgiven,
whose sin is put out of sight! —Psalm 32:1

8When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the lord God among the trees. 9Then the lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.”
11“Who told you that you were naked?” the lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?”…the lord God made clothing from animal skins for Adam and his wife. — Genesis 3:8-11, 21

God doesn’t remember the sin, God only remembers the rescue.

2Yes, what joy for those
whose record the lord has cleared of guilt,
whose lives are lived in complete honesty! —Psalm 32:2

13Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God’s law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith. 14If God’s promise is only for those who obey the law, then faith is not necessary and the promise is pointless. 15For the law always brings punishment on those who try to obey it. (The only way to avoid breaking the law is to have no law to break!)
16So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham’s. For Abraham is the father of all who believe. 17That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.” This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.
23And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was recorded 24for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God. —Romans 4:13-17, 23-25

God doesn’t remember the sin, God only remembers the rescue.

3When I refused to confess my sin,
my body wasted away,
and I groaned all day long.
4Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.
My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.
5Finally, I confessed all my sins to you
and stopped trying to hide my guilt.
I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the lord.”
And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. —Psalm 32:3-5

How often do we do refuse to seek forgiveness with God? How often do we do this with others?

God doesn’t remember the sin, God only remembers the rescue.

Our sin doesn’t change how God sees us, it only changes how we see ourselves and how we see God.

6Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time,
that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.
7For you are my hiding place;
you protect me from trouble.
You surround me with songs of victory. —Psalm 32:6-7

8The lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you.
9Do not be like a senseless horse or mule
that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.” —Psalm 32:8-9

10Many sorrows come to the wicked,
but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the lord.
11So rejoice in the lord and be glad, all you who obey him!
Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure! —Psalm 32:10-11

God doesn’t remember the sin, God only remembers the rescue.

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