Tehillim / Psalms 32, Part 1, Free us from the Preoccupation of this World

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This week’s study is from Tehillim / Psalms 32:1-11, the opening verse states א   לְדָוִד מַשְֹכִּיל אַשְׁרֵי נְשֹוּי-פֶּשַׁע כְּסוּי חֲטָאָה: A Psalm of David. A Maskil. 32:1 How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered! (NASB)  David states the blessedness of the one who has had his transgression forgiven and his sin covered.  He continues saying ב   אַשְׁרֵי אָדָם לֹא יַחְשֹׁב יְהֹוָה לוֹ עָוֹן וְאֵין בְּרוּחוֹ רְמִיָּה: ג   כִּי הֶחֱרַשְׁתִּי בָּלוּ עֲצָמָי בְּשַׁאֲגָתִי כָּל-הַיּוֹם: ד   כִּי | יוֹמָם וָלַיְלָה | תִּכְבַּד עָלַי יָדֶךָ נֶהְפַּךְ לְשַׁדִּי בְּחַרְבֹנֵי קַיִץ סֶלָה: 32:2 How blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit!  32:3 When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away Through my groaning all day long.  32:4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. Selah. (NASB)  David parallels the one who is without deceit with the Lord not holding sin against a person.  He says that when he kept silent about his sin, his body made it known what he had done wrong because the hand of the Lord was weighing upon him.  It is only when we humble ourselves and confess our sins that the Lord will forgive our guilt (ה   חַטָּאתִי אוֹדִיעֲךָ וַעֲוֹנִי לֹא-כִסִּיתִי אָמַרְתִּי אוֹדֶה עֲלֵי פְשָׁעַי לַיהֹוָה וְאַתָּה נָשָֹאתָ עֲוֹן חַטָּאתִי סֶלָה: , 32:5 I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I did not hide; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord’; And You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah. NASB)  He goes on to say ו   עַל-זֹאת יִתְפַּלֵּל כָּל-חָסִיד | אֵלֶיךָ לְעֵת מְצֹא רַק לְשֵׁטֶף מַיִם רַבִּים אֵלָיו לֹא יַגִּיעוּ: 32:6 Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters they will not reach him. (NASB)  Does this suggest that there are times when the Lord cannot be found? Read More Here: Tehillim 32-Part1

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