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The Joy of Forgiveness - by Michael Phillips
Psalm 32 - Part 1 of 4
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Psalm 1:1-2
Jan 17, 2010 am - Today, with God's blessing, I hope to begin a four-part study of Psalm 32. I've divided it into four parts-I hope-- because it is divided that way. It was the Psalmist who wrote it in four stanzas, and the Lord who caused him to do it. The outline is simple" The joy of forgiveness, vv.1-2 The agony of impenitence, vv.3-5 The call to confession, vv.6-9 The summary, vv.10-11 The importance and relevance of the Psalm cannot be exaggerated. If offers no footnotes on theology or ethics or the history of salvation, but deals with the things that matter most: sin and forgiveness. This means the Psalm is for you and me, for everyone is a sinner, and no one needs anything more than forgiveness. It is the one thing needful. We can live happy lives and go to heaven when we die without a job or medical insurance or a home or a family or good health. What we cannot do is live happy lives and go to heaven when we die without the forgiveness of sin! But, when our sins are forgiven-and we know they are-then the bitterest parts of life are sweetened and the sweet parts are only appetizers for the feast God has for us at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb! Dear me! How stupid and silly and shallow we ... More >>>

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