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Psalm 32:1-5



Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven,
 Whose sin is put out of sight!
Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt,
 Whose lives are lived in complete honesty!

 When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long.
Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.
My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.

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.


Can you say that last line of today's Scripture about yourself?  Can you make the statements that David makes in this Psalm?  For most of us, the complete answer is "NO."  Let's discover why.  Psalm 32 describes the blessedness of forgiveness better than any other part of Scripture.  These first 5 verses contain the happiness of the forgiven man (verses 1-2), the physical and psychological effects of unconfessed sin (verses 3-4), and the simple remedy of confession to obtain God's forgiveness (verse 5).    Getting started is the most difficult "jumping off" point.  First, we have to admit we are sinners.  Most of us don't do this.  One of the most amazing components of Alcoholics Anonymous is their "12 step" program.  I have the joy of periodically working with a 30 year old chapter of this wonderful organization.  In order to get started, you must complete step one.  Paraphrased, it says that your addiction to alcohol is bigger than you can handle.  That you are powerless to control it.  Step two admits that there is a higher power, which is God, that can handle it, and you must turn it over to Him.  Let's take a page out of this incredible organization's book and make this work for us.  Step one is to admit that our sin is beyond our control and we have no power over it.  Step two is to acknowledge that there is a higher power, which is God, that can control all of our sin, and we should turn it over to Him.  Got it?  That is exactly what David does in our Scripture today.  Let's move on.  David remembers his past, to teach him about his future.   David says when he refused to confess his sin, his body wasted away and he was always groaning.  Are you one of those people that is constantly complaining about your circumstances?  Does the statement "It isn't fair" describe your life's motto?  If so, you may be where David was before he confessed ALL of his sin.  David says he was constantly being disciplined by God and he felt it.  David explains that his strength was always fleeting.  Sin will destroy you.  Emotions like anger, jealousy, and envy will consume all of your "strength."  I must confess to you that there are people who wear me out with their vile, negative conversations.  They are constantly complaining, comparing, and contrasting.  They are never happy with their circumstances and want to make sure that no one else is happy in theirs.  You may often hear this in your local New Testament Church before and after service on Sunday.  As you are walking out of worship each Sunday, are you explaining to anyone that will listen how blessed you are?  Does the minister's sermon begin and end each week with how thankful we are for God's blessings and His forgiveness?  Sadly, the answer to these questions is often "NO."  David concludes our Scripture today by saying that he confessed ALL of his sins.  Every single one of them.  It is okay if it takes awhile.  God is patient and kind!!!  Don't leave any sin out, big or small.  Then the greatest thing happens to David.  He wins the lottery, right?  No, and the lottery is a subject for another devotion!  God forgives David.  All of his sins are gone.  All is forgiven.   David says that all of his guilt is gone!  Wow, praise God in the Highest.  So today, give it up to God.  Admit you are a sinner.  Stop wasting away in the pools of envy, jealousy, anger, and guilt.  In short, join the most important club you will ever experience in your lifetime.  Don't wait.  Get your lifetime membership card today.  Join God's "Forgiven Club" and get your "Get out of guilt free" card!