Lenten Reflection 3-8-22

Lenten Reflection Day 6 - by Kim Wu

Psalm 32:1-7 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.  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.

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.

Uncovering our sins and confessing them to God allows them to be covered by God’s mercy.  We are unable to cover up and hide our sins from God, but when God covers our sins, they are “hurled into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19).

David, the author of this Psalm, tried to hide his sins, but God’s hand was upon him, thwarting his efforts at every turn, until finally David was moved to confess.  David then experienced the freedom that comes with an unburdened heart as he received the forgiveness of God and as a result, rather than working to hide his iniquity from the Lord, he found the Lord himself became his hiding place.

Eternal God, hear my cry and respond with Your grace and mercy.  My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me, O my people.”  And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”  Amen.  (Based on Psalm 27:7-8, TLB)

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