May 5, 2020
Have you ever felt the weight of unconfessed sin? Have you ever held onto guilt and shame because you didn’t want anyone to know your faults?
If you have, you know the weight and exhaustion David writes about in this Psalm, and the contrast of the blessing that comes with a confession. By the blood of Jesus, our sins our forgiven, our iniquities covered, our faults erased. The One who we have wronged becomes our shelter and hiding place!
It’s like a parent coming in with a big bear hug when we’ve failed to let us know that everything will be ok. Feel yourself in the arms of God as you read this Psalm. Accept his forgiveness, respond to his instruction and rejoice!
Blessed Are the Forgiven
A Maskil of David.
1 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
3 For when I kept silent, my bones 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 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
6 Therefore let everyone who is godly
offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found;
surely in the rush of great waters,
they shall not reach him.
7 You are a hiding place for me;
you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
9 Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
which must be curbed with bit and bridle,
or it will not stay near you.
10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.
11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
Father, I confess that I have sinned. I repent of those attitudes and actions that have grieved you. Forgive me; give me both wisdom and strength to walk in your paths. And give me Your joy as I trust in Your ways!