“How joyful is the one whose transgression is forgiven…” (CSB)
In verses 3 and 4 the psalmist describes the terrible state of the one who keeps silent and does not admit to the sin in his life. The suffering is spiritual, mental, and physical. But in verse 5 the psalmist stops trying to deny his sin and to hide it from God. Instead, he faces it squarely and hands it over to God.
In verses 6 and 7 we see the wonderful gifts that come with God’s forgiveness -- protection, deliverance, instruction, guidance. The logical result of all this is found in verse 11 where we are exhorted to shout for joy!
What is joy? We think of joy and happiness as being much the same thing. Happiness is a good thing -- we spend much of our lives pursuing the happiness that comes from relationships and achievements. We try to share happiness by being kind and supportive to other people.
But far greater than happiness is true joy. This joy is not dependent on circumstances or on the actions of other people. The result of transparency with God and having His forgiveness flowing into one’s life is JOY! This fills the depths of our being and sustains us through good times and bad. The person who has true joy can say “It is well with my soul” -- through the “smiley face” moments and on into the difficult valleys of hardships and loss, family turmoil, failed dreams, health problems and all the trials and tragedies that the world presents, surrounded by His faithful love (v 10).
3 Month Reading Plan - Psalms 28 - 30