1 O blessed is the man to whom
The Way of Forgiveness Traversed by the Righteous
The title of the psalm is alternatively rendered in the margin as, ‘A psalm of David giving instruction.’ And the content of the psalm is an aspect of experience on which we need continual teaching. The fundamental topic within it is sin, that which ruined man and continues to plague even the believer.
David, from personal experience, counsels us not to try and hide our sin, or ignore it, or silently continue as if it is unnoticed, but to immediately confess it. To suppress penitence will depress our spiritual life. Unless we humble ourselves under the mighty Hand of God, that mighty Hand will be heavy upon us, so that the very sap of our spiritual life will be dried up.
David acknowledges and then confesses his iniquity, and knew immediate forgiveness. John exhorts us, “That if we confess our sin God is faithful and just to forgive us our sin.” The man who does this will be blest, for his iniquity has been imputed to Christ, by whom there is forgiveness of sins.