Week of October 6 - Day 4

Day 4 Read: Psalm 32:1-2

Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit. 

Reflect: What is the source of blessedness or happiness in this psalm?

Consider: In verses 1–2 three synonyms are used for sin: the first one (transgression) is generally taken to indicate disobedience, rebellion against the divine will; the second one (sin) is misconduct, faulty action; the third one (iniquity) is wrong, evil. In verse 2b deceit stands for lie, hypocrisy, fraud; and spirit represents the inner self, the person’s character. [1]

Respond: God freely forgives those who trust Him. This is His mercy in action. In what sense have we all been shown mercy and forgiveness from God? Describe one specific occasion when you have experienced the mercy of God.

[1] Robert G. Bratcher and William David Reyburn, A Translator’s Handbook on the Book of Psalms, UBS Handbook Series (New York: United Bible Societies, 1991), 303.