I don’t know about you but I struggle with besetting sins in my life. Last week, my heart was heavy within me as I was sorrowful that I have not been able to overcome temptation and to resist from sinning; hence was struggling with a guilty conscience. During my quiet time, I was flipping through my old journal entries and saw Psalm 32 which I have written out in my journal previously. When I read it, I was so overcome by the grace, mercy and love that God has for me. I immediately confessed my sin, received forgiveness of sin and was able to walk in joy and liberty once again.
Psalms 32:1-5 (NIV)
1 Blessed is the one
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
2 Blessed is the one
whose sin the Lord does not count against them
and in whose spirit is no deceit.
3 When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night
Your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped
as in the heat of summer.
5 Then I acknowledged my sin to You
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
my transgressions to the Lord.”
And You forgave
the guilt of my sin.
My key takeaways are:-
I am blessed because my sins are forgiven and covered (not seen nor remembered anymore).
I am blessed because the Lord does not count my sins against me when there is no deceit (lying/ cunning/ pretense) in my spirit; when I am a 100% honest in my repentance.
If I keep my sin hidden/ if I do not confess my sins, my spirit is saddened due to my guilty conscience. (If we are a believer in a holy God that still small voice within us will constantly prod us to acknowledge and to confessed our sins.)
Then when I acknowledge my sin and confess it, before my holy, merciful, righteous and loving Lord and Master, He will forgive me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. He will also restore unto me the joy of my salvation.