Saturday 21 January, 2017

Psalm 32

1 Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. 2 Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit. 3 When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.[b] 5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin. 6 Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them. 7 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. 8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. 9 Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. 10 Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him. 11 Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!

In this passage, we hear David overjoyed at the knowledge of his sin being forgiven. It is clear from his joy that this isn’t just head-knowledge for him, but something that he is experiencing. He knows it not just intellectually, but practically. One key thing he highlights is that at first he refused to confess his sin, and as a result God’s hand of discipline was heavy upon him. But once he confessed, he was forgiven, and the weight of his guilt was lifted! In confessing, he also realised the true character of God – that He is our hiding place, that He protects us from trouble and surrounds us with songs of victory.

The application here is simple in theory, though can be very difficult in practise. When sin nags at our conscience, we simply need to confess it for our guilt to be lifted. Sometimes it’s sin against God, sometimes it’s sin against others. Whatever it is, we are better off walking through the difficult moment of confession, than living with the ongoing weight that sin puts upon us. We must also remind ourselves throughout, that God is good, that He loves us, and He wants the best for us.

Lord, thank You that You are a God of forgiveness, of love and of mercy. Help me to confess my sin to you where it has gained a foothold in my life. Thank You that You take my sin away and wash me clean.

 

Written by Matt Samperi

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