Wesley's Notes on the Bible
<<A Psalm of David, Maschil.>> Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
32:2 Imputeth - Whom God doth not charge with the guilt of his sins, but graciously pardons and accepts him in Christ. No guile - Who freely confesses all his sins, and turns from sin to God with all his heart.
When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.
32:3 Silence - From a full and open confession of my sins. Old - My spirit failed, and the strength of my body decayed. Roaring - Because of the continual horrors of my conscience, and sense of God's wrath.
For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
32:4 Hand - Thy afflicting hand. My moisture - Was dried up.
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.
32:5 The iniquity - The guilt of my sin.
For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.
32:6 For this - Upon the encouragement of my example. Found - In an acceptable and seasonable time, while God continues to offer grace and mercy. Waters - In the time of great calamities. Not come - So as to overwhelm him.
Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
32:8 I will - This and the next verse seems to be the words of God, whom David brings in as returning this answer to his prayers. Mine eye - So Christ did St. Peter, when he turned and looked upon him.
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.
32:9 Will not - Unless they be forced to it by a bit or bridle. And so all the ancient translators understand it.
Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.
32:10 Sorrows - This is an argument to enforce the foregoing admonition.
Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.