July 13, 2016

Today you should read: Psalm 32

Jesus Is Greater Than Our Sin

Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

The forgiving of our sins and transgressions is a blessing. I am thankful that the first blessing listed above is about forgiveness because the second blessing seems unattainable. I don’t know about you but I know that I have iniquity counted against me and there is often deceit in my spirit. Even though Jesus is not specifically mentioned in this passage, I am thankful that this passage points us to Jesus’ lack of iniquity and deceit in spirit, and that because of the cross we are able to attain those same attributes.

For when I kept silent, my bones 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. I acknowledged my sin to you and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.

Here we see how we can have our iniquities forgiven: ultimately because of Christ, but practically through confession of sin in our heart. Have you ever been overwhelmed and felt the weight of your sin? This passage shows us that when we don’t confess our sin, it is like our bones are wasting away, there is groaning, the hand of God is heavy upon us, and all of our strength is dried up. Do you take your sin that seriously? How often do you reflect on your sin and confess it? The real question: what in your heart is keeping you from confessing sin regularly?

Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him. You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you. Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

David here is reminding himself (and us) that the ultimate cure for our sin is not trying harder but relying more on God. God is the one who delivers us from our sin. David believed and hoped for the future deliverance of the Messiah, we believe and hope in the deliverance given to us through Christ.

We must stop relying on our own power to forgive our sins. There is no amount of power outside of the gospel that can make us pure before God. There is nothing outside the gospel that can defeat sin in our lives. We must rely on the grace extended to us through the gospel and actually believe that this grace is available to us. It seems that we often don’t confess our sins because we somehow think that our sin is too grievous for God. Do you see how prideful that belief that is? That we are so good at sinning that we are outside the reach of God’s grace? That our sin is greater than Jesus’ sacrifice? The truth is that Jesus is better at saving than you are at sinning.

  • Are you someone who is aware of your sin? Do you consistently confess your sin to God?
  • Have you believed a lie that says that your sin is too much for God to handle? God is not surprised by your sin.
  • Are you relying on God’s grace or your own strength?

By: Graham Withers

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

4 thoughts on “July 13, 2016”

  1. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go;
    I will counsel you with My eye upon you.
    Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding,
    Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check,
    Otherwise they will not come near to you.”

    This part of the passage struck me as particularly important: ignorance is not necessarily bliss. Whether it be asking for God’s direction before you embark on something, or not flogging yourself after you have made a mistake, God desires a teachable spirit. Whatever we’ve done or been through, we can learn from it.

  2. Love this chapter! Forgiveness of our sins is a blessing, having little to do with us but everything to do with Jesus. “Jesus is better at saving than you are at sinning” – need to remember this daily.

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