True Joy Found in God’s Favor
“Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.” Psalm 32:1-2
One of my favorite hymns is “It Is Well with My Soul”. The following lyrics never cease to resonate with my heart:
“Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, let this blest assurance control, that Christ has regarded my helpless estate, and hath shed His own blood for my soul…”
In Psalm 32, we are reminded the blessed man is the one whose sins are forgiven. Everything can go wrong in one day. We may lose our job, face humiliation, loneliness, or be persecuted, but our status before God does not change when Christ is our Savior. In Christ, our sins are paid for in full, and He declares, “It is finished”. Even better, because our sins have been forgiven and we’ve been clothed in Christ’s righteousness, God is no longer displeased with us, and we are now perfectly reconciled with Him. But sister, this would not be reason to rejoice if you could somehow take credit for your standing before God. No, instead, we stand holy and unashamed solely because of the life and death of Christ.
On the contrary, when someone is unforgiven, they not only bear the shame and guilt of their sin, but they are separated from the one true God himself, the only source of true life, joy, and peace. Could there be anything worse? Imagine carrying the load of your sin on your back and never getting to experience the freedom found in Christ. What a dark life filled with sadness! This is why Psalm 32:10 says, “Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.” God’s forgiveness is not something to be taken for granted…truly, it gives life to one’s bones.
So, when you are overwhelmed by the pains and hardships of this life, remember your standing before God. You’ve been forgiven, God is your forever refuge, and you have the privilege of being called a child of God. Who could ask for more? Go forth and do as the last verse of Psalm 32 says, “Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!”
Thank you, Lord, for the undeserved mercy I have in Christ! Forgive me for ever taking this forgiveness for granted. Keep my heart centered on you, remembering that I am blessed because I have Jesus. Amen.
Memorize Romans 4:7-8.
Chelsey Meissner is obsessed with seeing and savoring Jesus. She is a lover of books, coffee, cats, running, and all things vintage. Chelsey is excited to travel the the world with her husband, Eric, who is a Marine Officer.