True Blessedness (Romans 4:1-9)

. . . Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.” (Romans 4:7–8, KJV 1900)

As you look around and see people, you will notice that so many are frustrated and desperately seeking happiness. They search in many places but never seem to hit the mark. They accumulate things, indulge their fleshly appetites, pursue fame and fortune, and all in a pursuit of happiness. Yet, what is it that will truly make one happy? Paul answers that question with a quote from David (Psalm 32:1-2).

David understood the problem of sin. He had committed the most heinous of sins, adultery with Bathsheba, lying to cover it up, orchestrating the events that would lead to the death of her husband, Uriah. If you read the rest of the Psalm, you will see the price David paid in his emotions, his guilt, and even his physical wellbeing when he tried to hide his sin. He in pursuing a pleasure of the flesh did not find happiness, but only great sorrow. (Ps 32:3-4)

Yet, he came to a point of confessing his sins to the Lord God and experienced His forgiveness (Ps 32:5). David knew what he was talking about when he stated, “Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

Jesus through His death on the cross, has made this kind of happiness available to us. It is a matter of faith. We will not experience this happiness unless we understand how detestable our sin is to a Holy God, the great price that Jesus paid for our sin, and by faith trust in Jesus alone and his finished work for the forgiveness of our sin.

Published by Steve Hankins, Th.D.

Steve has had extensive military, business and ministry experience. He has served for over 16 years in full time vocational ministry and many years of part time ministry in churches. He has led churches through start-up and recasting of vision. Now He resides on the Outer Banks of North Carolina where he is working to help smaller churches and believers to renew their hearts and regain the joy of the Lord.

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