There is much to reflect on in today's readings.
From 2 Samuel 11 and 12 we have David's sin with Bathsheba, against God and Uriah. In Psalm 51, we see some of the greatest teaching on a cry for repentance: 'wash me whiter than snow, create in me a new heart, restore the joy of salvation.' In Acts 27, we read about a treacherous journey as Paul sets out for Rome, as a result of his appeal to Caesar. There is much to reflect on in these readings.
Psalm 32 is also in today's readings, and that is where our focus will lie. With the backdrop of David's sin against God with Bathsheba, and the very well-known Psalm 51, Psalm 32 stood out this morning, for a very simple message.
Confess sin, and be glad in the LORD.
The Psalm starts with the truth that the one who is forgiven is blessed. It is blessed to be forgiven. We can experience that in daily life, with some transgression, however minor, against a family member or a work colleague. And when they say 'I forgive you,' and when you know they mean it, there is release. There is freedom.
That is even more true when our sins are all, at their core, against the God of the universe. As Nathan the prophet said to David, 'you have sinned against God.' Yes, there was sin against Bathsheba, against her husband Uriah, and against his commander Joab (who was incorporated into David's plotting). But ultimately it was sin against God. Imagine that being pardoned!
In Psalm 32:2, we read that the man who is truly blessed is the man whose sin against God is not counted. There is not accounting of it because it is forgiven. It is a forgotten debt. It is covered. (v1)
That happens when we confess. Keeping silent regarding sin is deadly (vv3-4). It is fatal.
Acknowledging sin (v5) is right and good. Only in acknowledging and confessing sin can it be covered. Sin is the condition, the diagnosis. Confession before God is the prescription, the remedy (we could expand on that!). The result or healing is better conduct (vv8-9), as God leads us, and love and joy (vv10-11).
The last verse of the Psalm in particular was what stood out to me the most in reading this morning, just the first few words: "Be glad in the LORD."
We are glad when we are walking right with God, having confessed sin ('keep short accounts before God,' as someone has said before me), sought forgiveness, and found counsel and direction.
Then we can sing, and be glad. Then we can be counted 'upright in heart,' when our sin is confessed, forgiven and we are glad in the LORD. Those are the hallmarks of the upright in heart. They are not naturally good. They are good in God.
So, reflect: 'Confess your sin, and be glad in the LORD.'
Derek Butler - I am a Christian, husband, father, son, brother, friend, reader, et al, all inadequately. This blog is a tool to encourage daily bible reading, for myself and others.
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