This week we begin a new series of reflections, focused on the Psalms. I encourage you to continue with your Journalling, as we grow in our faith.
In Psalm 32, we read how David expresses the joy of forgiveness. God had forgiven him for the sins he had committed against Bathsheba and Uriah.
The message that we are receiving today is that God wants to forgive sinners. Forgiveness has always been part of his loving nature. He announced this to Moses, he revealed it to David, and he dramatically showed it to the world through Jesus Christ. These verses reveal several aspects of God’s forgiveness: God forgives transgressions, covers sin, and doesn’t count our sins against us. We can have this joyous experience of forgiveness through faith in Christ.
In order to be forgiven, we need to confess our sins. But what is confession? To confess our sin is to agree with God, acknowledging that he is right to declare what we have done as sinful, and that we are wrong to desire or to do it. It is to affirm our intention of abandoning that sin in order to follow him more faithfully.
God longs to guide us with love and wisdom rather than punishment. He offers to teach us the best way to go.
Accept the advice written in God’s Word and don’t let your stubbornness keep you from obeying God.
Let us pray:
Heavenly Father, there are many times when I have failed to listen to Your voice, gone my own way, and fallen flat on my face! Thank You that I can confess my faults to You, and that You are faithful and just to forgive all my sins and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Help me to grow in grace, mature in the faith, and draw ever closer to You. Keep me alert to your instructions, show me the path I should go, and guide me with Your eye, I pray. May I never stray from Your path, and may my life be a godly witness to others and a blessing to You. This I ask in Jesus’ name, AMEN.