Psalms 25, 32, 38, 51
Pastor Lisa’s Journal
Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. – Psalm 32:1
Psalm 32:3-4 provides a profound description of the weight of guilt: our bodies waste away under the strain, we grown from the pain, our hearts are heavy, our minds are weighed down, our backs are bent low, our strength is spent in futile management of falsehoods, our souls shrivel like an earthworm on the summer asphalt.
In verse 5, the Psalmist confesses at last: Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity. No more hiding. No more burden bearing. With confession comes forgiveness and release.
Unconfessed sin is an unnecessary burden. Why are we so reluctant to confess our sin? To accept God’s forgiveness? To forgive ourselves? I hear God’s counsel in verse 9, “Do not be like a horse or a mule…” Our reluctance to accept forgiveness and to forgive ourselves is far more than misappropriated martyrdom. It is stubbornness and pride. We pass false judgment upon ourselves and in doing so actually call into question the grace and goodness of God. It is time to trust God and to lay the burden down for good.
Pray Psalm 51:1-3, 7, 10-17 (NIV)
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will turn back to you.
Save me from bloodguilt, O God, the God who saves me,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Moments of silence
Prayers of personal confession
You are invited to join me on a summer adventure through one of the most beloved books in the Bible, Psalms. To download the Summer in the Psalms reading plan, click here Psalms Reading Plan
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I look forward to reading your comments and to all that Jesus will do in you and through you as you seek him this summer. – Lisa <><
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