Henry: A Sealed Pardon to a Penitent Sinner

“The pain of a heart truly broken for sin may well be compared to that of a broken bone; and it is the same Spirit who as a Spirit of bondage smites and wounds and as a Spirit of adoption heals and binds up. The comfort and joy that arise from a sealed pardon to a penitent sinner are as refreshing as perfect ease from the most exquisite pain. It is God’s work, not only to speak this joy and gladness, but to make us hear it and take the comfort of it. [David] earnestly desires that God would lift up the light of His countenance upon him, and so put gladness in his heart, that he would not only be reconciled to Him, but, which is a further act of grace, let him know that he was so.”

– Matthew Henry, commentary on Psalm 51

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