March 12, 2024


Psalm 32:1-5 - Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah


In Psalm 32, David writes about the blessings and relief that come with confession of sin and receiving God's forgiveness. David had hidden his sin for a long time, but keeping silent weighed heavily on him, even affecting his physical health (v.3-4). Finally David acknowledged his sin to God instead of covering it up. He confessed his transgressions openly and honestly before God, who then forgave David completely (v.5).


David's journey here reflects a common human tendency to hide our sins out of shame or fear of consequences. But as David learned, unconfessed sin eats away at us on the inside, even if we try to ignore it on the outside. God already knows our sins anyway - so the only true relief comes through openly confessing them to Him. And God promises that when we confess honestly, He is faithful and just to forgive those sins and cleanse us (1 John 1:9). What a blessing! The forgiveness and restoration David experienced is available to us all when we walk in repentance. Wherever we are at in our walk with God - whether struggling in silence with hidden sin like David was, or already living in openness and freedom - this Psalm invites us to reflect on God's mercy. We can rejoice together in the undeserved gift of grace we have in Jesus, knowing that our sins are not counted against us but are made white as snow when we come to God in humility and faith.


Gracious God, we praise You for the gift of forgiveness through Jesus! Thank You that You invite us to come openly and honestly before You to receive Your mercy and grace. Search our hearts now, reveal any hidden sins or shame that we have been carrying. Give us courage to confess those openly to You, so that we can walk in true freedom and joy. Remind us every day of the blessing it is to be forgiven and restored by You. Help us extend that same grace to others. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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Forgiven and free, The light lifts our burdens away.

Forgiven and free,
The light lifts our burdens away.

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