1 Blessed is the one
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
2 Blessed is the one
whose sin the LORD does not count against them
and in whose spirit is no deceit.
3 When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night
your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped
as in the heat of summer.
Keeping silent about your sins has a way of rotting you from the inside out. It starts slow and steady, sometimes without you noticing. But then one day, you wake up and realize that the weight of your sin is crushing you. No matter what you do, it seems you can’t get away from or leave it behind you. It’s as though the hand of the Lord is heavy on you because of your sin. Which of course it is!
Many believe that David wrote this Psalm in response to his experience in relation to his sin with Bathsheba. You can see in his words how his own sin was eating away at him. The need for forgiveness was great in his life.
Whenever we have sinned, the need for forgiveness is great. The weight and burden of disobedience and rebellion in our actions and in our hearts are often more than many of us can handle. The good news is that the Lord knows how desperate our need for forgiveness and true freedom is and in love and kindness, He sends Christ to alleviate that burden and bring freedom. To be truly blessed is to be truly forgiven.