Friday, June 23, 2017


Have you ever read Psalm 32?

Read it in these 2 different translations & 1 paraphrase.

Psalm 32 (NLT)

1 Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!
2 Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!

3 When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long.

4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.
  My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.

5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt.

I said to myself, "I will confess my rebellion to the LORD."

  And you forgave me!

All my guilt is gone.

6 Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.

7 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble.

  You surround me with songs of victory.

8 The LORD says,

"I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.

  I will advise you and watch over you.

9 Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control."

10 Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the LORD.

11 So rejoice in the LORD and be glad, all you who obey him!

  Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!

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Psalm 32 (The Message)

Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be - you get a fresh start, your slate’s wiped clean.

2 Count yourself lucky - God holds nothing against you and you’re holding nothing back from him.

3 When I kept it all inside, my bones turned to powder, my words became daylong groans.

4 The pressure never let up; all the juices of my life dried up.

5 Then I let it all out;

I said, “I’ll make a clean breast of my failures to God.”

Suddenly the pressure was gone;

    my guilt dissolved,

    my sin disappeared.

6 These things add up.
Every one of us needs to pray;

when all hell breaks loose and the dam bursts

    we’ll be on high ground, untouched.

7 God’s my island hideaway,

keeps danger far from the shore,

throws garlands of hosannas around my neck.

8 Let me give you some good advice;

    I’m looking you in the eye

    and giving it to you straight:

9 “Don’t be ornery like a horse or mule that needs bit and bridle to stay on track.”

10 God-defiers are always in trouble;

    God-affirmers find themselves loved every time they turn around.

11 Celebrate God.

    Sing together—everyone!

    All you honest hearts, raise the roof!

Psalm 32 (The Voice)

How happy is the one whose wrongs are forgiven, whose sin is hidden from sight.
2 How happy is the person whose sin the Eternal will not take into account.
    How happy are those who no longer lie, to themselves or others.

3 When I refused to admit my wrongs, I was miserable,

    moaning and complaining all day long

    so that even my bones felt brittle.

4 Day and night, Your hand kept pressing on me.

    My strength dried up like water in the summer heat;

    You wore me down.

5 When I finally saw my own lies, I owned up to my sins before You, and I did not try to hide my evil deeds from You.

I said to myself, “I’ll admit all my sins to the Eternal,”

and You lifted and carried away the guilt of my sin.

6 So let all who are devoted to You speak honestly to You now, while You are still listening.

For then when the floods come, surely the rushing water will not even reach them.

7 You are my hiding place.

    You will keep me out of trouble

    and envelop me with songs that remind me I am free.

8 I will teach you and tell you the way to go and how to get there;

    I will give you good counsel, and I will watch over you.

9 But don’t be stubborn and stupid like horses and mules who, if not reined by leather and metal, will run wild, ignoring their masters.

10 Tormented and empty are wicked and destructive people,

    but the one who trusts in the Eternal is wrapped tightly in His gracious love.

11 Express your joy; be happy in Him, you who are good and true.

    Go ahead, shout and rejoice aloud, you whose hearts are honest and straightforward.

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