Covered or Covering? – Psalm 32

By John Bellingham on June 3, 2012
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Covered or Covering?

Psalm 32



–         “PostSecret” has become a popular website in recent years, where people can openly and anonymously ‘confess’ their deepest, darkest secrets

–         Psalm 32 is a “Penitential Psalm” which is read in Jewish Synagogues on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur).  It instructs us about the critical importance of regularly confessing our sin before the Lord

The Misery of ‘Covering” Sin  (vv. 3-5)

1.     This Psalm is based on David’s personal testimony (cf. 2 Sam 12:1-15)

  • a.      David initially attempted to ‘cover’ his sin
  1. Transgression – breaking God’s Law
  2. Sin – missing the mark
  3. Iniquity – bending, twisting, distorting
  • b.     David confessed his sin when confronted (cf. Ps 51; 2 Sam 12:13)
  1. Contrast with Saul who tried to justify his sin when confronted(cf. 1 Sam 15)

2.     ‘Covering’ sin is our initial impulse (cf. Gen 3:8)

3.     ‘Covering’ sin evokes divine chastisement

  • a.      Mental Anguish
  • b.     Physical Illness


The Blessedness of “Covered” Sin  (vv. 1-2)

1.     A forgiven person is a truly happy person!

  • a.     Transgressions are “lifted”
  • b.     Sins are “covered”
  • c.     Iniquities are “no counted”



1.     Forgiven sinners are admonished to continually confess their sins to God in prayer! (v. 6)

2.     Forgiven sinners respond to God’s mercy with rejoicing and thanksgiving!  (v. 11)


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