Psalm 32:1-9 (NRSV)-
1 Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
3 While I kept silence, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah
5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah
6 Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you; at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them. 7 You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance. Selah
8 I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. 9 Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding, whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle, else it will not stay near you.
Has the guilt of past actions, choices, and words ever made you sick?
Throughout Psalm 32, we see guilt weighing down David. However, as David points out, salvation makes it possible for us to have a relationship with God. But, even after we commit to following Jesus, we do not always get it right.
When we do not get it right, guilt feels like a heavy weight bearing down on us (Psalm 32:4). And, sometimes the shame of what we have said or done makes us wander further from God, convinced that he would only point an angry finger at us if we tried to approach him. But, nothing could be farther from the truth.
The truth is that God’s grace is manifest through Christ’s loving sacrifice and, through Christ, God forgives us and purifies us from all unrighteousness. As such, forgiveness removes a weight so heavy that only the strong arm of God can lift it. And, this is the freedom that David writes about in this morning’s Psalm.
David’s freedom from unrighteousness, guilt, and condemnation came when he finally confessed his sin to God. In doing so, all of the sorrow he was experiencing lifted. And, what God did for David, he does for us too.
Confession is admitting that what we did was wrong, that the weight of our sin is too much for us to carry, and asking God to forgive us and help us to change. So, God offers us open arms to take the weight of our sins from us.
Today, since God takes the weight of sin, guilt, and condemnation from us, let’s remember that his grace manifests itself through his forgiveness, guidance, love, and protection.
Prayer (Modified from The Book of Common Prayer)-
“Merciful Father God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We humbly repent of our sins. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and please forgive us; that we may delight in your will, experience true freedom from guilt and condemnation, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.”