David. A maskil.
Comments: This is one of three psalms designated a ‘maskil'
and there are various others designated as maskils of individuals.
There is uncertainty over the meaning but it is suggested that
is means ‘a psalm of understanding' i.e. one that reveals theological
haven't read of ‘blessings' since Psa 1 & 2, and now they
occur in this and the next two psalms before more references in
Psa 40 & 41. Verses 1 & 2 really summarise what the rest
of the psalm is about – the blessings that come from God with
forgiveness and cleansing. See end notes.]
Blessings that come with forgiveness
Blessed is the one
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
whose sin the Lord does not count against
and in whose spirit is no deceit.
The order of blessing: silence, pressure from God, conviction,
I kept silent,
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
day and night
your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped
as in the heat of summer.
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.
Prayer is the pathway to God, and then relationship that protects
let all the faithful pray to you
while you may be found;
surely the rising of the mighty waters
will not reach them.
are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.
The Lord speaks: with that relationship comes teaching and discipline
will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye
not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
or they will not come to you.
Love flows to the one who trusts the Lord bringing much rejoicing
are the woes of the wicked,
but the Lord 's unfailing love
surrounds the one who trusts in him.
in the Lord
and be glad,
sing, all you who are upright in heart!
Thoughts: A relationship with the Lord flows with forgiveness
[v.1,2] that follows repentance expressed in prayer [v.3-5]. The
forgiven life is a blessed life [v.1,2]. We can remain silent
and distant from the Lord but life presses in and wears us down
and it is then that the wise repent of their isolation [v.3-5].
It is then that forgiveness flows and a whole new relationship
with the Lord opens up that brings a new security [v.6,7]. Within
that the Lord imparts teaching and discipline [v.8,9] to lead
us in a new way of living that opens up the door to receive all
of His love in a life of righteousness and rejoicing [v.10,11].
NB. 'Righteousness' is simply living as God reveals and that brings
to Psa 33