The type of forgiveness that we need, and can receive only from God Himself, is the vertical aspect of forgiveness. There is such blessed-ness in being forgiven by God. This truth was articulated perhaps most beautifully by David in Psalm 32:
Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit. (verses 1–2 NIV)
In the Hebrew language, this psalm begins with a plural noun: blessednesses. “Oh, the blessednesses of the one whose transgres-sions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.” The implication is that there are innumerable blessings attached to having our sins forgiven by God.
It is important to see that the Bible does not talk about a man who does not need forgiveness. The Bible clearly indicates that all of us need forgiveness from God; there are no exceptions. In other psalms, David said that there is no man who does not sin. We have all sinned. Therefore, we all need forgiveness. It is not a question of whether we need forgiveness but whether we receive it.