Thursday, May 7, 2009

Forgiveness

Did you know there are seven penitential psalms within the 150 psalms? To be penitent, is to feel regret, sorrow, pain for one's offenses and sins. The 7 penitential Psalms are: 6, 25, 32, 38, 51, 130, 143

32:1-2, David blesses God for taking away his sin. Only forgiven people are truly happy. Don't try to compel forgiveness from God. Forgiveness richly flows from the abundance of God's kindness and mercy. When it comes to our sin, God is not an accountant - God keeps no record of our wrongs! (Am I glad for that)

We, or others, tend to keep a record. In 32:3-4, David recounts the physical toll of unconfessed, unforgiven sin on his body. When he kept silent about his sin he lost spiritual vitality.

But once he confessed in 32:5, God forgave the iniquity of his sin. How do you spell relief? C-O-N-F-E-S-S!

On the basis of the painful experiences he went through, he is now qualified to minister and encourage others. In 32:6-7, he encourages everyone to pray to God. In other words, don't make the mistake of covering your sin. Adam and Eve tried to cover their sin by hiding. God invites us openly confess our sins. Why? God sees everything. By confessing our sin we honestly and humbly seek the Lord and so receive his mercy. There's no way to escape the all-seeing eyes of God.

In 32: 8-11, David ends by praising God. Many sorrows come to those who rebel against God, but for those who trust in the Lord, they will only find steadfast love surrounding them. Here's our daily worship response to God's forgiveness: Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for Joy, all you upright in heart!

Lord, thank you for this great and indescribable gift of forgiveness. Sometimes it's hard to believe that you keep no record of our wrongs. Sometimes it's hard to believe that through the blood of Jesus Christ, your Son our sins are forgiven. When we feel condemned by ourselves, the devil, or others, help us always to look to the cross and believe the words of Psalm 32. And then help us to extend forgiveness to those who have wronged us. Thank you for these great and precious promises, amen.