Tuesday, March 8

Psalm 32:1-7 (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

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

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.

You are a hiding place for me;
you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with shouts of deliverance.  Selah

With confession and repentance there is blessedness, for God forgives our sin.  Acknowledge your sin to God.  Do not try to hide your sin or hide from Him like Adam and Eve did, or shift the blame and cover it up like David did. Know that our God is merciful and gracious.  When you confess your sins to Him, He forgives you – each and every time.  The prayer of confession and repentance is one that He always answers with a resounding “Yes!”

There is no need to suffer shame, which happens when we try to hide our sin from God, when we deceive ourselves into thinking we do not need to confess.  As John tells 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).  Bring your sin and your iniquity to the Light, that He may cleanse you, purify you, and heal you.  The blood of the Lamb takes away your sin – as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remover our transgressions from us (Psalm 103:12).  He removes our sin completely and remembers it no more.

In Proverbs 28:13 we read:  Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.  So the choice is yours: conceal your sin and suffer shame or confess it to Jesus and obtain mercy.  I pray that you choose mercy.

May this be your prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

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