Today you should read: Psalm 32
Are your bones aching??
Well, here we are in Psalm 32, another classic!! I could live in this Psalm! This is a psalm of thanksgiving! The worshipers are praising and thanking God for their sins being forgiven. Verses 1 – 5 answers the question…”who is truly happy (or blessed)?” And the answer is: those whose sins are forgiven. Verses 6-11 are straight application! Directly from the text! Verse 6 starts with “therefore,” meaning that it is drawing lessons from verses 1-5. Verse 6 is saying let everyone who is godly confess and not wait. And verses 10-11 are application to rejoice in the Lord and be glad!! Because your sins are forgiven!
Are your bones aching? We see in verses 4-5 a personal testimony of forgiveness. A testimony that is so much like ours. You see, God is gracious! He paid for your sins on the cross! He already finished it! But why don’t we live like we are clinging to this glorious truth?
I can’t count the many times when my “bones have been aching.” God’s hand seemed to be “heavy upon me.” Why was that the case? I had not been actively confessing sin and had not rested afterwards in His glorious forgiveness through Christ!!
Forgiveness is the fundamental expression of God’s kindness and mercy toward those who receive His covenant. No one needs to compel God to show mercy; rather, the faithful confess their sins because they believe that He is merciful.
So how about you? Are your bones aching? Have you kept silent? How long has it been since you confessed? Does it feel like your praise is more of a “groan all day long?” Does God’s hand feel like it is heavy upon you? Is your strength dried up? Well, then come to the end of verse 5 of this Psalm. Acknowledge your sin to the Lord. Confess until you can’t confess anymore. You should stay very active in your confession. God has already paid for the sin that you are too scared or too lazy to confess. He already knows about it. He knows you better than you know yourself.
So, confess and repent; and don’t do it anymore. Experience the humility that comes with acknowledging that you have disobeyed and then experience the joy that comes along with the end of verse 5, “You forgave the iniquity of my sin.” Get alone with God, set aside 20 minutes, confess your sins TODAY and then soak in verses 10-11 which are the overflows of a forgiven heart!!
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione