JUSTIFYING FAITH IN OPERATION
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.
Here the Apostle Paul reverts to the Psalm written by David for us to understand justification by faith.
How does faith save?
What do we need to do to be saved?
We want to work our way into God’s grace.
The natural man is accustomed to working for favor.
But faith is based not upon works, which we can produce for cleansing of sin.
It is based upon the willingness of our gracious heavenly Father to cover our sin and forgive our iniquities.
We are referred to Psalm 32 to have the operation of justifying faith explained so lets turn to Psalm 32.
Everyone must yield to the operation of faith life for salvation and for contentment and happiness in this life.
Lets us see the progression of faith in its operation.
vs 3, 4, 9, 10
3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.
Bones waxed old - they grew old (old bones are brittle and fragile)
When one is under conviction there seems to be threat of harm at every step one takes.
The reason for this impending harm is this person’s anger.
He roars all day long. Nothing seems to go right. If you ask what’s wrong, he could only say everything.
Though he can pinpoint nothing in particular, his whole life seems to be out of kilter.
A sense of anger or irritability controls the emotions almost without self-control.
4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
There is no relief.
Night and day this same heaviness from God continues to bring a feeling of guilt for actions worthy of punishment and yet outstanding.
God’s hand of conviction is heavy.
And the mouth is dry with the stress of carrying this guilt.
9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
The only thing that prevents this condition from being taken away is stubbornness.
Sin is a hard task master.
And as long as one engages in sinful activities, the harm that may come from the sin as well as the guilt will continue.
Why be stubborn?
Why not turn your life over to a loving, compassionate and forgiving God.
10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.
Many sorrows await the wicked as a trap set for the prey.
Tobacco - cancer
Sensual activity outside marriage - shame, disease, a life time of unhappiness
Drugs and alcohol - unhappiness, death to innocents, numerous heartache to self and loved ones, beatings and murders
Lying - others will never trust you, help in time of need will be scarce, reputation will follow, heartache to family and friends
SIN IS A HARD TASKMASTER!
As long as sin continues so does the sorrow.
5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
Notice the steps to contrite (grief stricken penitent) confession.
1. Acknowledge sin (short coming)
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Acknowledgement to God that your actions have fallen short of what God expects.
Then lay open you iniquities - do not hide them from God.
You can’t anyway.
Iniquities = lawlessness, wickedness
Confess your transgressions.
Transgressions are the times you went beyond the limits of the law or violated God’s law.
The writer confessed his transgressions unto the Lord.
The Lord forgave the iniquity (wickedness, lawlessness) of his sin (short coming of what was expected).
God has a remedy for sin. The payment for sin has been made.
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
There is a wage for sin.
Forgiveness for sin is only possible through justice.
Justice says payment must be made.
Jesus made the payment.
1 Peter 2:24
24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
2 Cor 5:21
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
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.
We must be convicted of sin, repent or turn from sin, and receive Jesus finished work on
1 Blessed is he whose transgression 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.
Blessed means happy.
In all the wickedness man commits he is searching for happiness.
Happiness can only come as a result of a life lived in fellowship with God.
Adam and Eve were happy when they walked and talked with God.
Abraham and all the patriarchs were happy when they walked and talked with God.
6 For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.
7 Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
Men commit sin to escape the harshness of this world.
Many say the troubles of this world have driven me to drugs, illicit sex, alcohol, lying to get ahead.
When all along all we need is Jesus.
He is our hiding place when this world is so harsh we cannot face another day.
When the work day is long and the times of rest seem short, it is Christ we need.
When the people around us are out of control and it seems that the only escape is to join the crowd, it is Jesus we need.
When the pressure of rearing a family is increased by the relentless crying of the newborn with colic, and a spouse who does not sympathize with your problems, it is then we need Christ.
When pain racks you soul and you feel the only relief is to leave this world, it is Christ we need.
Not drugs, nor alcohol, nor sensual pleasure to escape this world’s torture.
Our God is able to make His grace abound.
We must all endure the pressure of this world.
You may think your problems are greater than anyone else’s.
But, I assure you we are all in the midst of the torture of this world.
And we all need Jesus Christ to relieve us of the pressures.
He will guide and teach us how to live.
His ever watching eye will guide us by the Holy Spirit in the way we should go.
With our sins forgiven our sin debt paid, we can indeed rejoice.
Rather than complain about how rotten life is we can rejoice in what God has done and is doing in our life.
Our attitude should not be gloomy and sad, but happy and content.
11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
Shout for joy.
Shout thank you Lord!
Justification through faith is explained by David.
If the Holy Spirit of God is convicting you of salvation or of some sin that is keeping you from serving in the capacity that you should, then the only way to get relief and be right with God is to come to this alter tonight and make it right.
It is only our stubbornness that keeps us from God’s rich blessings.