Number: 184
Title: Psalm 32 How Blest Are Those
Composer: Memmingen ms., 17th century Harm. George Ratcliffe Woodward, 1904
Author: Fred R. Anderson, 1986
Scripture: Psalm 32
Theme: Psalms

1.  How blest are those whose great sin
    Has freely been forgiven.
    Whose guilt is wholly covered
    Before the sight of heaven.
    Blest those to whom our Lord God
    Will not impute their sin,
    Whose guilt has been forgiven,
    Whose heart is true again.

2.  While I kept guilty silence,
    My strength was spent with grief.
    Your hand was heavy on me;
    My life found no relief.
    But when I made confession
    And hid no sin from You,
    When I revealed my own guilt,
    You gave me life anew.

3.  So let the godly seek You,
    When troubling times are near;
    No storm or flood shall reach them,
    Nor cause their hearts to fear.
    In You, O Lord, I hide me,
    You save me from all ill,
    And songs of Your salvation
    My heart with rapture fill.

4.  "I graciously will teach you
    The way that you should go,
    And with My eye upon you,
    My counsel you shall know.
    But be not then unruly,
    Or slow to understand;
    Be not perverse, but willing
    To heed My wise command."

5.  The sorrows of the wicked 
    In number shall abound,
    But those who trust our own God
    Great mercy shall surround.
    Then in the Lord be joyful,
    In song lift up your voice;
    Be glad in God, you righteous;
    Rejoice, O saints, rejoice.