Meandering through the 32nd Psalm one is reminded of what the past was like and what it is in the present. Contrast is written throughout and its effect can have on one who is going through the depths of discouragement and despair can surface constantly. In fact, the Psalmist says that it affected him constantly.
In presenting his mental anguish when he had the burden of guilt before him, he notes that it was a daily encounter that drew the sap from him and inwardly he did little but “groan”.
We note however a multiplicity of words he uses when he has met with God and experienced the facet of forgiveness. His whole being changes in regard to his “transgression, sin, iniquity, deceit” all being forgiven. Sin equaled missing the mark. Iniquity equals his crooked ways. Deceit is self-deception. That combination falls into the category of transgressions of which imputed righteousness on the part of God is applied and forgiveness experienced.
Personally, I have experienced that beautiful moment when God heard my cry for help and forgiveness was experienced, and peace has flooded my soul because He has “forgiven my transgressions”! If others have not forgiven, that remains their “can of worms”, but verse 5 of Psalm 32 gave me assurance: “And You, (God) forgave the guilt of my sin. (Selah!)
Before I quit, join me in the content of verses 8 thru 11 of this same Psalm! “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, otherwise they will not come near to you. Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but he who trusts in the Lord, loving kindness shall surround him. Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous ones; and shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.”