Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
While I kept silence, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah
Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah
Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you; at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them.
You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance. Selah
I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding, whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle, else it will not stay near you.
Many are the torments of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord.
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.
What tremendous providence of this passage today. Pastor David was preaching on this same focus from Nehemiah this morning – the confession of the people before God and one another. I was struck in that of how Nehemiah moves from the outside wall to the interior work in themselves and for one another.
There is freedom that comes from confession and forgiveness. The Psalm starts here with bondage – being bound to the grief and sin that is upon the writer and then moves to the freedom and release found from the forgiveness that God provides. There is such a contrast between “While I kept silence, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.” and “Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.” May I and may we experience the freedom of confession and forgiveness. Amen. .
The picture today is of my daughter’s American girl horses – a tie to the piece in the Psalm about the horse with the bit and bridle…