Joy of Forgiveness

Psalm 32: 1-11 reminds me of a story my friend shared about her son.  Her little boy (back when he was little) was running around the room in a soiled diaper.  He had no interest in a new diaper.  She couldn’t understand why he preferred to stay in his filth.  He happily ignored her pleas to come and get changed. No amount of coaxing could persuade him.

It made me wonder:  How often do I run from the One who wants to cleanse me?  I am ashamed of the times I have clutched the filth of my sin close to my heart refusing to be washed.  God desires to scrub me clean, to give me a fresh new garment and send me on my way as an untainted new creation.  He must be baffled at my resistance.

Just as dirty bum that never gets clean can lead to a nasty, painful diaper rash, when I ignore sin I risk God’s heavy hand brought down on my stubborn silence (vs. 3-5).  Blessed people know that happiness is found in the favour of God.  And God’s favour is found in a forgiven spirit.  Psalm 32:5 “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord – and you forgave the guilt of my sin.”  Forgiveness feels good.  Cleanliness feels good. And those who experience God’s forgiveness are blessed (vs. 1-2).

Psalm 32 leaves me with one thought.  If God’s loving nature desires to offer me forgiveness, what is holding me back from repentance?

Search me God and reveal my heart, reveal my offensive ways, and lead me in the way everlasting.

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