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Sermon on 2 Samuel 11:26-12:15 and Psalm 32. "Wasting Away for Blessedness"

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. The sermon for today will be based on the reading from 2 Samuel, about David’s sin with Bathsheba, and also on Psalm 32, a psalm of confession that Hebrew tradition tells David wrote after he had repented of his sin. I will reread the Psalm for your hearing:

Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah. I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters,…