Monday, August 16, 2010

Healthy Confession - August 16, 2010

Psalm 32 (New Living Translation)
A psalm of David.

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, 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.


5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.


6 Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.

7 For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory.


8 The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.

9 Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”

10 Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord.

11 So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!

When it comes to discussing the results of confessing your sins, no one does it better in the Bible than King David. The Bible says that David was a man after God's own heart(Acts 13:22;1 Samuel 13:13-14)and you feel the closeness of David's heart to the heart of God as you read through the various Psalms ascribed to him. Knowing that he had that intimacy with God, we should look to his words when looking for an example in how to pattern our lives.

But what brings David down to earth is that he too was plagued by sin, just as we are. He sinned against God as an adulterer and murderer, yet because of his confession and repentance, God forgave him. Even so, David paid for the "bad seeds" he had sown through the disintergration of his family and the loss of those he loved. If you study the Psalms further, you will follow him through all of these struggles.

If you haven't brought all your "junk" to God and sought forgiveness and salvation through Jesus Christ, spend time with David. Follow his example and lay out you life to your God and Savior.

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