Lent: Day Five

I acknowledged my sin to you… and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. -Psalm 32:1-5

Not too long ago I was in a rough spot with my faith, feeling very unhealthy in my walk with the Lord and struggling to even want to spend time in his Word or in prayer. There were a few things going on in my life at the time that led me to this point, but the one that stands out the most is that I had unconfessed sin in my life that I was allowing to linger. It made me feel guilty, like I couldn’t tell anyone else about my sin because I was supposed to be a better Christian than that or because I am supposed to be a model for our youth. It sucked all of the joy out of me and left me feeling unhealthy, weak and defeated.

After a particularly guilt-ridden day, I opened God’s Word for the first time in a while and, because God knows my heart, he led me that day to Psalm 32, and boy did it resonate with my heart. In verses 3-4, the author describes what it feels like to hold on to sin and to feel guilty; “his bones wasting away, aching and groaning all day long, the weight of a heavy hand on his back, feeling like he has no strength or joy.” But even here in the book of Psalms we get a taste of the Gospel, as verse 5 gives us the hope that when we confess our sins, we are forgiven of them. (Read 1 John 1:9 and James 5:16 for more good news!)

Do you feel the heavy weight of sin and guilt? Don’t allow Satan to fool you into thinking there is no hope for you because you are too far gone. God has opened the door for us to confess our sins to him and to one another in order to be forgiven for those sins and to be healed, from the weight upon our hearts. 

Prayer: Father, I thank you for sending your Son to die for our sins on the cross and that we now have forgiveness for our sins through Jesus. Give us humility and boldness to confess our sins before you and one another so that we may be healed. May you be glorified even in the midst of our brokenness.