How blest is he whose trespassPublished in 19 hymnals
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1 How blest is he whose trespass
Hath freely been forgiven,
Whose sin is wholly covered
Before the sight of heaven.
Blest he to whom Jehovah
Imputeth not his sin,
Who hath a guileless spirit,
Whose heart is true within.
2 While I kept guilty silence,
My strength was spent with grief,
Thy hand was heavy on me,
My soul found no relief;
But when I owned my trespass,
My sin hid not from Thee,
When I confessed transgression,
Then Thou forgavest me.
3 So let the godly seek Thee
In times when Thou art near;
No whelming floods shall reach them
Nor cause their hearts to fear.
In Thee, O Lord, I hide me,
Thou savest me from ill,
And songs of Thy salvation
My heart with rapture thrill.
The Psalter: with responsive readings, 1912
A testimony to the blessedness of the forgiven and an exhortation to the trust, obedience, and joyful worship that should mark their lives.
st. 1 =vv. 1-2
st. 2 =vv. 3-5
st. 3 = vv. 6-7
st. 4 = vv. 8-9
st. 5 =vv. 10-11
Psalm 32 is traditionally considered a penitential psalm (along with 6, 38, 51,102, 130, and 143). In the sequence of spiritual experience it follows the situation depicted in Psalm 51, the great plea for forgiveness. That psalm's traditional association with David's sin against Uriah, together with Psalm 32's reference to delayed confession, has suggested a historical link between the two. The psalm's thematic movement is noteworthy and is well represented in the versification, which is slightly altered from that of the 1912 Psalter.
The psalm begins with a testimony to the blessedness of those forgiven by God (st. 1). Retracing the spiritual movement from stubbornly denying sin to experiencing the joy of God's forgiveness (st. 2), the psalm exhorts all the godly to faithfully rely on God and reaffirms the LORD as refuge and hiding place (st. 3). Next God speaks, instructing the saints in godly obedience (st. 4). The psalm then contrasts the lot of the wicked with that of those who trust in God, and it closes with a call to the righteous to rejoice in God for his unfailing mercies (st. 5).
Though considered penitential, this psalm is properly used not so much in confession of sin as in thanksgiving for God's forgiveness of our sin. It is a joyful psalm! Within that context, the psalm could also serve as a call to confession (st. 1-3) and instruction for godly living following the assurance of pardon (st. 4-5).
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook
|Instances (1 - 7 of 7)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Hymns to the Living God #89||How blest is he whose trespass||WIE LIEBLICH IST DER MAIEN||18.104.22.168.D||Psalm 32||2017||Repentance and Faith |||<cite>The Psalter</cite>, 1912|
|Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #669||How Blest Are They Whose Trespass||How blest are they whose trespass||RUTHERFORD||22.214.171.124 D||Psalm 32; Psalm 32:1-2; Psalm 32:3-5; Psalm 32:6-7; Psalm 32:8-9; Psalm 30:10-11||2013||Repentance | ; Elements of Worship | Forgiviness and Grace||<cite>Psalter</cite>, 1912, alt.|
|Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #32A||How Blest Are They Whose Trespass||How blest are they whose trespass||RUTHERFORD||126.96.36.199 D||Psalm 32||2012||Blessing | ; Church Year | Ash Wednesday; Church Year | Lent; Elements of Worship | Assurance of Pardon; Elements of Worship | Call to Confession; Elements of Worship | Confession (Corporate); Elements of Worship | Lord's Supper; Endurance | ; Forgiveness | ; God's | Wisdom; God's | Forgiveness; God's | Way; Grace | ; Jesus Christ | Friend of Sinners; Joy | ; Occasional Services | New Year; Prayer | ; Rest | ; Temptation And Trial | ; Trust | ; Wisdom Psalms | ; Year A, Lent, 1st Sunday | ; Year C, Lent, 4th Sunday | ; Year C, Ordinary Time after Pentecost, June 12-18 (if after Trinity Sunday) | ; Year C, Ordinary Time after Pentecost, October 30-November 5 |||<cite>Psalter</cite>, 1912, alt.|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #32||How Blest Are They Whose Trespass||How blest are they whose trespass||RUTHERFORD||76 76 D||Psalm 32||1987||New Year - Old Year | ; Confession of Sin | ; Forgiveness | ; Grace | ; Lord's Supper |||<i>Psalter</i>, 1912, alt.|
|Rejoice in the Lord #97||How Blest Are They Whose Trespass||How blest are they whose trespass||AU FORT DE MA DETRESSE||188.8.131.52 D||Psalm 27:14; Psalm 32||1985||<i>The Psalter</i>, 1912; alt. 1950|
|The Cyber Hymnal #2197||How Blest Is He Whose Trespass||How blest is he whose trespass||RUTHERFORD||Anonymous||76.76 D||<cite>The Psalte</cite> (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: The United Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1912), number 83|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #551||How Blest Is He Whose Trespass||How blest is he whose trespass||RUTHERFORD||184.108.40.206.D.||Psalm 32||1990||The Christian Life | Forgiveness of Sins; Christians | Blessedness of||<i>The Psalter</i>, 1912; alt.|