Psalm 32:1-2

Tom Harding

Who would you say is the truly blessed man? Most people would probably say; well, it is the person who has good health, if you have good health you have everything. To them I would answer, good health is only temporary. One day soon the flesh must whither and die and after that is judgment (Psalm 103:14; Isa. 40:6). Others might answer that the person who is wealthy, surely he is a blessed man. Again, wealth may purchase a lot of things and influence many people, but we can be sure that we are not redeemed with corruptible things as silver and gold (1 Peter 1:18).

David in the Psalm gives us the right answer to this very important and sobering question. "Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile." Truly, here is the statement of the Almighty God that identifies who is truly blessed. It is the person who through the bloody sacrifice of Jesus Christ, (the sinnerís Substitute) has had his sin covered by the effectual atonement of the appointed Lamb (Heb. 2:17; John 1:29); his transgressions are forgiven because the Saviour took our sins and judgment to Himself (1 Peter 3:18). Our Lord also declares unto us that the believer is blessed, because the Lord will not impute, charge or reckon our iniquities unto us (Rom. 8:1; Rom. 4:6).

In the light of this scripture and many others throughout the Word of God, who would you say is truly blessed of God? Certainly it is plain to see, it is the believer who is resting the whole of his salvation in Jesus Christ the Righteous (1 John 2:1-2). Carefully read the following scripture. "Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit"(Jer. 17:5-8).

Tom Harding, Pastor
Zebulon Baptist Church
Pikeville, Ky.

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