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Our Psalm for this week points to the great mercy and grace of God. The person who trusts in the Lord, who acknowledges his sin, who seeks forgiveness, that person is perfectly safe in Christ. The New Testament clearly describes the believer in Jesus as being covered by his mercy. The death of Jesus rescues the Christian from eternal death.
Is this a universalist statement? Does Psalm 32 say that everyone is just fine? Not in any way. When we do not acknowledge our sin before God we are held guilty of it. We find the weight of sin will drag us down. It will not let us thrive. Those who do not approach God as repentant sinners, seeking his forgiveness, get to bear their sin on their own. This is a dreadful truth.
What hope is there? The call of the Gospel goes out to everyone. If you have read this Psalm you have heard that the Lord graciously calls you to confess to God, to be forgiven, and to find that God is your great defender. What can stand in your way? Nothing should.
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