How blest is he whose trespass has freely been forgiv’n,
Whose sin is wholly covered before the sight of heav’n.
Blest he to whom Jehovah imputeth not his sin,
Who has a guileless spirit, whose heart is true within.
Thus we sing from our Psalter versification of Psalm 32:1, 2. What David wrote and our KJV of the Bible hands down to us is, “Blessed is the man whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity. ” The word blessed can be translated happy. And knowing David’s grievous sins, we can understand why he called it blessed to have these sins forgiven. But what about our sins?
Usually we do not consider our sins to be as great as David’s. And so often we find that, if we were called to write a psalm, we would not begin by bursting forth with happiness that our sins are covered, so that we would not list this first as blessedness. There is instead a host of earthly treasures and pleasures which, if we obtain them, we would classify as rich blessedness.
Yet here is the blessing that opens the door to all of heaven’s blessings. And though the statement is negative in that something is taken away from us, there is a positive truth. Our sins are covered by the righteousness of Christ through His cross. No, they are not covered in the sense that His blood hides them from God’s eyes. That is im-possible. But we are given robes of righteousness to cover us, because all our sins were paid for in full. The cross covers us more fully than any insurance policy can. And Christ’s righteousness becomes ours.
When we are clothed with those robes of righteousness we become beautiful in God’s eyes. He sees us as the beau-tiful Bride of Christ. For the beauty of Him, of whom it is said that God is well-pleased, shines forth from us. We re¬flect His beauty, belonging as we do, to Him.
Is that not great blessedness? Does that make you happy? Do you know that blessedness? Think about it today and every day.
Read: Psalm 32
Psalter versification: 83:1
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.