March 26

Psalm 32:1-5

“Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and you forgave the guilt of my sin.” vs 5

The psalmist had been engaged in a great cover-up and his conscience had been nagging at him.  We don’t know what had happened but it doesn’t seem to have been a public matter. Only he knew what he had done or said and the memory had become a burden to his soul. Day after day he struggled and eventually his whole body began to waste away. We know about those sorts of things…all of us have had occasion to try to hide the truth. And unless we’re psychopaths there will be an effect. Our attempts to rationalize don’t work and the guilt continues to eat away at our insides like some sort of insidious wasting disease. The psalmist only found relief when he acknowledged his sin to the Lord. With confession came forgiveness and the burden of guilt was lifted. Followers of Jesus have discovered the truth of the psalmist’s experience and have incorporated a ritual of confession into nearly all worship services. It’s not so much that we are hopeless sinners…but it just feels good to hear the words of absolution again and again in the course of our lives. Sin is always at hand for the best of us…and the assurance of forgiveness never gets old.

Thought for the Day: How do I attempt to rationalize my sin?

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