Wednesday Word 11.23.2016

Psalm 32

     Of David. 

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. 

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.

What a beautiful verse and how true! Guilt is a terrible thing.  It is the gnawing realization that you have messed up. Big time. Sometimes it is an unfolding, the dawning awareness of how seriously wrong you have been.  It is meant to stimulate change. Sadly, we have a tendency to get stuck in the guilt phase and don’t always learn from our mistakes.  Guilt is a heavy burden that clouds our minds and gets in between us and our Creator.

The psalmist says that he acknowledged his sin to God.  That is a very important point. God already knows all about it.  What is paramount is that God wants to hear us own up to it!  When you know Jesus, guilt can take on a different meaning. Guilt still calls our attention to our shortcomings, but we no longer have to become imprisoned by our bad choices. Jesus can set us free. We can examine our behavior, talk to Our Savior about it and lay down the guilt. We can learn to move forward instead of being chained to the past. Grace, mercy, forgiveness – songs of deliverance! What joy for which to give thanks!…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ,