Psalm 32:1 (NASB)

How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered!

Bible Commentary

Psalm 32:1 is a Bible verse in the Book of Psalms where David is thanking God for the happiness and protection found in His forgiveness.

Note that there is an exclamation point at the end of the verse. David is quite excited about these wonderful gifts. Let’s look at them more closely.

The Hebrew meaning for the word “blessed” in this verse is: happiness, happy.

The word “blessing” is used so much that maybe we don’t recognize what it means to us personally.

In God’s forgiveness, you can be happy! Not just sometimes, but always, no matter what your circumstances are.

How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven.

Let’s look at the word “transgression” now. The Hebrew meaning is: a revolt, rebellion, sin.

Webster’s dictionary defines the word “sin” as: any offense or fault.

Now all of us have transgressions or faults in our lives. We are human. David said that those of us whose transgressions are forgiven are blessed--happy.

So how do you receive forgiveness for all your faults and offenses?

Simply accept the gift God made available to you through His Son, Jesus Christ (John 3:16). Jesus is the bridge between you and God.

Jesus died in order to reconcile mankind back to God, the Father. With your belief in Jesus and your acceptance of Him into your life, you too can be forgiven and blessed—happy.

Unlocking the Truth – Forgiveness

Let’s look at the last part of the verse. David made a distinction between the words “forgiven” and “covered”.

The Hebrew meanings of the word “covered” are: to plump, to fill up hollows, clothe, conceal, cover (self).

This seems to imply that sin creates a void, like a hole that needs to be filled up, or a bareness, which needs to be covered up.

If you have felt naked or bare on the inside, that would indicate shame in your soul from sin or transgression. Similarly, if you have ever felt empty on the inside, that might indicate a barrenness or a void that is yet unfilled.

Think on this. By your willingness and acceptance of Jesus Christ, your emptiness can be filled and the nakedness of your soul covered forever by the love of the Father (Deuteronomy 33:27).

God’s forgiveness and mercy brings healing and peace, and with it happiness. That’s why David was thanking and praising Him in this Psalm.

Study the Bible verse, Psalm 32:1 and drink in the truth and blessings that are yours in Jesus Christ.

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