Likewise, David also speaks of the blessing of the man God credits righteousness to apart from works:
“How joyful are those whose lawless acts are forgiven and whose sins are covered!“
How joyful is the man the Lord will never charge with sin!
The Apostle Paul is again using the Old Testament Bible as the ground by which he argues. Here he quotes David in Psalm 32. Let’s read through that entire Psalm:
Psalms 32 How joyful is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered! How joyful is the man the Lord does not charge with sin and in whose spirit is no deceit! When I kept silent, my bones became brittle from my groaning all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy on me; my strength was drained as in the summer’s heat. Selah Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not conceal my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You took away the guilt of my sin. Selah Therefore let everyone who is faithful pray to You at a time that You may be found. When great floodwaters come, they will not reach him. You are my hiding place; You protect me from trouble. You surround me with joyful shouts of deliverance. Selah I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with My eye on you, I will give counsel. Do not be like a horse or mule, without understanding, that must be controlled with bit and bridle or else it will not come near you. Many pains come to the wicked, but the one who trusts in the Lord will have faithful love surrounding him. Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous ones; shout for joy, all you upright in heart.
The blessing that David spoke of was happiness over the forgiveness that God gives. Then Paul brings to light that David was happy because he was declared righteous by faith and not on account of works.
If you are resting upon the person and work of Jesus Christ alone for your deliverance, the Lord will never charge you with sin! Never! Knowing this truth is meant to produce happiness inside us.
Happiness and holiness are inter-connected through the gospel. Before a person becomes a Christian, they think that they know what will make them happy. If you tell them that God wants them happy, they will then be confused over the fact that God has not given them everything that they desire. They think that winning the lottery, getting a raise, or becoming a movie star will make them happy and will wonder why God hasn’t done those things for them? God, on the other hand, inter-twines happiness to holiness. Through the gospel God begins to change our desires so that we will see the folly of those previous pursuits.
- What things do you think would make you really happy if you had them?
- Was God perfectly happy in the trinity before creation?
- Does God need his creation to fulfill his cup of happiness?
- If we are to imitate Jesus; do you think that our happiness should be grounded in some object in creation?