Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tuesday, March 11

Psalm 32:1-4 (ESV)

1 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

King David, the writer of Psalm 32, was a sinful man in need of forgiveness and grace.  David had an affair with a married woman.  When he found out that she was pregnant, David had her husband, Uriah, killed in battle.  The bible says,

When the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she lamented over her husband.  And when the mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son.  But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.  2 Samuel 11:26-27 (ESV)

Sin displeased God.  Like David, we all sin.  We may not commit murder or adultery, but we all sin.

Sin hurts.  It hurts spiritually by separating us from God and harming our relationship with Him.  It also hurts physically when we are weighed down by the burden and consequence of unconfessed sin.

God does not want us to be separated from Him.  He desires a relationship with us.  We must confess our sins and repent, then our merciful God will forgive us.

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  (1 John 1:8-9))

Are you carrying the weight of unconfessed sin?  Take a moment and talk to God.    He is faithful and will forgive you.

Happy is the person whose sin is forgiven!

Merciful God, I am a sinner in need of forgiveness.  I am thankful that You are always faithful and just to forgive us.  Thank You for the mercy and grace You pour out on us daily.  Amen.