Freedom in Forgiveness – 9/17/20

Noah Baker

Psalm 32 – “Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit. When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and you did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin…” 

 

There is freedom in rigorous honesty. Psalm 32 is a glimpse behind the curtain of David’s life in the aftermath of his great sin recounted in 2 Samuel 11. In this Psalm, he describes what his life is like, having confessed his guilt before Nathan and God. We can almost feel David’s comfort as a result of his confession from the start: “Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven”, “covered”, and not counted against him. Because of his confession of guilt and God’s unconditional forgiveness, David no longer has to live under the burden of secrets. When David refused to acknowledge his guilt, his identity was fading: “When I kept silent, my bones wasted away, through my groaning all day long.” His unconfessed guilt left him hidden and unavailable to be present in his own life – therefore, those who loved him and wanted to be with him were unable to reach him. The hurt and fear of David’s honesty was overcome by the freedom he experienced stepping into God’s love. We know the weight of our guilt very well. We can be constantly reminded and humbled by our humanity. And so, we are all in desperate need of a Savior. We all have unconfessed sins, potential impairments, maybe even addictions that have left us groaning in guilt. But the most wonderfully profound solution is right here, in this Psalm: “Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and you did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.”