In Psalm 32, David writes about the difference between living in secret sin and living open before the Lord. While keeping his sin hidden, his bones were wasting away and his strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. But when he confessed, he found freedom in forgiveness. Now forgiven from his sins, David praised the Lord. “You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance” (Ps. 32:7). This verse communicates not only the sense of safety David found in forgiveness, but also immense joy.
There should be an overflow of joy that accompanies forgiveness. David doesn’t describe this joy as a mere inner happiness, but outward exclamations of deliverance. Imagine David out with his army, the small band of warriors are trapped with no means of escape. While deliberating over whether to surrender or die, their enemy closes in. When there is no hope left, a band of mighty Israelite warriors rapidly descend the mountain and drive away the impending threat. David and his troops are delivered and they begin celebrating with shouts of their deliverance. The celebration does not end on the battlefield, as the warriors hastily return to their homes. Mothers see their sons and wives their husbands returning alive when they had believed there was no hope. Children joyfully run into the arms of their fathers. The joy runs over and the shouts of deliverance can be heard a mile away.
For those who are forgiven, God surrounds them with shouts of deliverance. A unfathomable jubilee. This forgiveness is no mere physical deliverance, but an eternal spiritual deliverance from the powers of darkness. The Lord brings his children into safety and surrounds them with joyful shouts for they have been delivered. Join in the refrain! Rejoice, for your soul has been delivered by the blood of Jesus Christ.
“My soul will rejoice in the Lord, exulting in His Salvation.” Psalm 35:9