Our theme verse for the year is Psalm 32:11. The entirety of Psalm 32 teaches about the joy that we have in forgiveness from God and that God is always ready to forgive, able to deliver, and willing to guide.
Psalm 32 begins with “1 Blessed is he whose trans-gression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.” Our joy is a reality because our transgressions have been taken away, our sins have been covered in the sea of God’s forgetfulness, our iniquity has not been charged to our account, and our spirit has been made free from guilt and self-deceit. We lose our joy in God if we let sin take us on a downward spiral of disobedience and guilt. Our hearts and souls become heavy when we live in a continual state of unconfessed sin.
Through the doctrine of imputation God has taught us that because of our faith in Him, He has not charged our sin to our own account, but rather has put it on Christ’s account: Isaiah 53:6, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” This speaks of Christ’s sacrifice that would be the permanent payment for our sin. When you go to the bank and make a financial deposit then imputation has taken place. They deposit in your account and they write it in your record. Our sin is not deposited to our account and it is not on our record; but our sin is charged to Christ’s account and Christ’s righteousness is charged to our account (2 Corinthians 5:21)! Here are two passages to keep you rejoicing: Psalm 103:12, “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us,” and Jeremiah 31:34, “…for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
Abraham believed God and righteousness was charged (imputed) on him. Genesis 15:6, “And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.” Paul would lift up this truth and end with our theme verse: Romans 4:1-8, “What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? 2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. 3For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. 4Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. 6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, 7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. 8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.” We are blessed indeed! However, we must learn to maintain that joy!
David’s son, Solomon, learned this well in Proverbs 28:13, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” Make sure that you keep short accounts with God this year. Learn to ask for (1John 1:9) and grant forgiveness (Luke 11:4), and then be glad in the Lord and rejoice!