“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.” Psalm 32: 1, 2.
Are we forgiven? In our spirit is there no guile? If we are not forgiven, and if in our spirit there is bitterness and guile, and a guilty conscience, then it seems as if the hand of God lays heavily upon us, and day and night there is no rest for our soul.
Only by the shedding of blood can there be forgiveness and cleansing. The blood of goats and other animals could never be sufficient for the forgiveness and cleansing from iniquity. Only one blood in all the universe, the blood of God himself, the Lord Jesus Christ can redeem mankind and pay for sins.
If when we examine and judge ourselves we find that we are not completely at peace with God because of some lingering sin from which we have not sought forgiveness and applied the blood of Christ to our lives, then we ought to hasten to do as the psalmist did and acknowledge and confess our transgressions unto the Lord.
“I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgression unto the Lord and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Psalm 32: 5.
When we have been completely honest with God and ourselves, then we are truly blessed of God.
“Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about. Psalm 32: 10 And we can -”Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice ye righteous; and shout for joy all ye that are upright in heart.” Psalm 32:11