Blessed is the one
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.

Blessed is the one
whose sin the Lord does not count against them
and in whose spirit is no deceit.


Here we have some basics, the second verse follows logically from the first. If we confess our sins then they are forgiven, but to confess we must be honest about the tendencies of our sinful nature. There must be no deceit in ourselves. Honest confession. The next two verses clarify the choices we have in life.

When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
For day and night
your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped
as in the heat of summer.[

Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
my transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave
the guilt of my sin.


One can almost sense the great sigh of relief that the psalmist is expressing here. To experience true joy in life we need to be free of guilt and shame and stand shameless before the world and admit “No, I have nothing to hide – My Lord knows all, for I have told Him with my own lips, I have confessed of my evil thoughts and ways”

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