3/2/2020 Monday, Psalm 32:1-4
1 Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! 2 Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt,[b] whose lives are lived in complete honesty! 3 When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long.4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.
We live in a world where the pursuit of happiness and joy is at the top of most people’s list. Have you ever considered the calm the palmist makes here as a means of experiencing this joy? “Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven…” Most often we believe the opposite is true. If we had to be honest about our sin, then foolishly we believe this would make us miserable not happy. If there is been one lesson, I have learned over the last couple of years it is that the writer of this psalm is correct, repentance leads to joy. May we, God’s children, taste the true joy in realizing all the ways God has cleared our guilt.
What do you need to confess to God today so that you might experience anew true joy in God’s mercy?