Psalm 32: Forgiveness

What gives God the right to an offense? What offense will God not forgive?

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Psalm 32:1 A song of David.
Blessed is he whose violation of the Law has been pardoned, whose guilt has been forgiven.
King James
Psalm 32:1 <A Psalm of David, Maschil.> Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

What are the benefits of confessing our thoughts and feelings to the Lord? Why are people reluctant to do that?

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Psalm 32:2–3 Blessed is he whose desires are open and honest before God, without pretense or deception.
When I stuffed my feelings and wouldn’t confess my thoughts to the Lord, my walk with him was weak, and I spent the day groaning because I couldn’t let go of my pain.
King James
Psalm 32:2–3 Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.

How far might God go in pressuring us to do right?

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Psalm 32:4 Day and night, your hand was upon me, pressuring me to do right, but my strength was drained like a desert walk under stifling summer heat. Pause to consider what that was like.
Jonah 1:3–4 But Jonah decided to run from the Lord, so he went to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. After paying the fare, he went down into the belly of the ship to get as far away from the Lord as he could. The Lord brought hurricane winds upon the Mediterranean Sea, so strong that the ship was on the verge of breaking apart.
Romans 1:28 Since they don’t want to admit God’s existence, they develop perverted beliefs so they can do whatever indecency feels good to them.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord isn’t slow in keeping his promise, not like some people think. He is patient, not wanting anyone to perish, giving time for everyone to repent.
King James
Psalm 32:4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
Jonah 1:3–4 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.
Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Why should we regard God’s forgiveness as a miracle?

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Psalm 32:5 Then I confessed my faults and failures, holding nothing back. I said to myself, I want to admit to the Lord all my wrongdoing, hiding nothing. So you pardoned me as if I had done nothing wrong. Stop to meditate on the greatness of that miracle.
King James
Psalm 32:5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

When is the best time to pray?

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Psalm 32:6 Be quick to pray while you still can. Then the great floods of adversity cannot sweep you away.
King James
Psalm 32:6 For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.

How do we hide ourselves in the Lord?

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Psalm 32:7 Lord, you are my hiding place where I am saved from trouble. You fill my heart with songs of deliverance. Pause to think about that.
King James
Psalm 32:7 Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

Why should we be confident in God’s promise to guide our steps? Why might we be concerned?

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Psalm 32:8–9 You said, “I will teach what is right and give you direction, watching over you and guiding you every step of the way.”
Don’t be like the stupid horse or mule that can only be led by bit and reins, unwilling to go the Master’s way without being forced.
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Psalm 32:8–9 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.

Why don’t sorrows always lead wicked people to the Lord?

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Psalm 32:10 The wicked will have many sorrows, but those who trust God’s direction will be shielded by his lovingkindness.
King James
Psalm 32:10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about.

What must we be to qualify as people with “pure hearts”?

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Psalm 32:11 Let the righteous be glad, with pure hearts shouting for joy.
King James
Psalm 32:11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.