The lyrics from Matthew West’s song “Forgiveness” start, “It’s the hardest thing to give away, and the last thing on your mind today.” Forgiveness is very hard to give, but a joy to receive. The chorus for Crowder’s song “Forgiven” is “Forgiven! Forgiven! Child there is freedom from all of it. Say goodbye to every sin; You are forgiven!”
The first two verses of Psalm 32 tell us the happiness, the joy we can experience through God’s forgiveness. “Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.” When we are forgiven the weight of sin is removed from us and we are free to experience the joy of the Lord!
As opposed to that freedom and joy David uses words like: groaning, wasted away, heavy, my strength was sapped to describe how he felt when he had unconfessed sin in his life. But he knew the truth of I John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Verse 5 of the Psalm says, “Then I acknowledged my sin to You and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord’ – and You forgave the guilt of my sin.” He confessed and repented, and God forgave him.
So, what was his response? First was praise: “You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” (Psalm 32:7) Second was acknowledgement of God’s leading: “I will instruct you, and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” (vs 8) And the he gave an admission of his own stubborn spirit: “Do not be like the horse or mule which has no understanding.” (vs 9) And at last David comes to joy: “Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing all you who are upright in heart.” (vs 11)
Where are you today? Are you wasting away in the depths of you sin? There’s forgiveness in Christ! Confess; repent; worship; acknowledge your human frailty; and receive freedom and joy. God’s waiting to take that weight and give you joy!