When God Delays
God’s after an attractive heart
In the first of the blood covenants between God and Abram, God told him, “Fear not, Abram: I
am thy shield and thy great reward” (Genesis 15:1).
• The animals of sacrifice for this covenant were prepared, and prophetic words
were spoken (Genesis 15:13–16).
o Abram would live a long time (be buried at a good old age).
o The iniquity of the Amorites was not yet full, but in 400 years it would be
• The celebration of known sin moves a nation toward the fullness of sin.
There are three primary Hebrew words which are often used for sin.
3. Transgression •
o Chattah, which is most often translated as sin, means “to miss the mark,” which could be a
result of an error or mistake.
o Pesha, often translated as transgression, is more of a willful rebellion against the given
standard like casting off God’s authority, going beyond the limits.
o Avon, often translated as iniquity, relates more to the inner character and points to an
intentional twisting of a given standard. For example: Good is bad; bad is good. It’s perversion
—a distortion of the will of God.
Wicked—-wicker – to twist � rainbow � Noah
1. SIN AS SEEN BY THE SINNER (32:1-7)
A. The Pleasure We Feel When Sin Is Cleansed (32:1-2)
1. Sin Is a Defiance
Psalms (32:1a) Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Transgression is “crossing over
the line” and rebelling against God. David knew the Ten Commandments and that adultery,
murder, and deceit were forbidden
2. Sin Is a Defect
Psalms (32:1b) whose sin is covered. Sin means “to miss the mark” and not live up to the
standards God has set
3. Sin Is a Distortion
Psalms (32:2a) Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, Iniquity means
“twisted” and describes what happens to the inner character of the sinner
4. Sin Is a Deception
psalms (32:2b) and in whose spirit there is no guile. Guile means “deception.” David tried to
cover his sins and pretend nothing had happened, but the Lord chastened him until he
confessed he had sinned
B. The Penalty We Face When Sin Is Concealed (32:3-4)
David had once been:
1. A Healthy Man (32:3) When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the
2. A Happy Man (32:4a) For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me:
3. A Hearty Man (32:4b) my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah
C. The Pardon We Find When Sin Is Confessed (32:5) 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.
D. The Path We Follow When Sin Is Conquered (32:6-7)
• The Power of Prayer
Psalms (32:6a) For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest
• The Power of Position
Psalms (32:6b-7a) surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him. 7
Thou art my hiding place;
• The Power of Peace
Psalms (32:7b) thou shalt preserve me from trouble;
• The Power of Praise
Psalms (32:7c) thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
SIN AS SEEN BY THE SAVIOUR (32:8-11) We need to be:
(32:8) I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with
Psalms (32:9) 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.
Psalms (32:10) Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy
shall compass him about.
Psalms (32:11) Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are
upright in heart.
A. Matthew 5:38-39 “Ye have heard that it hath been
said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I
say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever
shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other
B. Romans 12:17 “Recompense to no man evil for evil.
Provide things honest in the sight of all men.”
C. 1 Peter 3:9 “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with
insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing,
because to this you were called so that you may inherit
D. Proverbs 24:29 “Say not, I will do so to him as he
hath done to me: I will render to the man according to
You must protect yourself and your family
E. Psalm 82:4 “Rescue weak and needy people. Help
them escape the power of wicked people.”
F. Proverbs 24:11 “Rescue captives condemned to
death, and spare those staggering toward their
G. 1 Timothy 5:8 “But if any provide not for his own, and
specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the
faith, and is worse than an infidel.”
Delayed Judgement from Iniquity
Bible Passage: Proverbs 24:11, I Timothyy 5:8, Psalms 82:4,
When God Delays