A Message from the Pastor
“My strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. 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.” – Psalm 32:4-5
As we enter August, traditionally the hottest month of the year, this psalm of David sure seems appropriate. King David certainly knew of the summer heat and how it can sometimes become oppressive almost to the point that you can’t do anything except sit and dream about cooler days. But David likewise knew of sin and in particular those he had committed and how oppressive they can be in weighing down one’s soul.
The truth is, the guilt of past sins can be one of the most difficult things to live with as we so often replay them in our minds wishing we had done things differently. Sin does have a way of “sapping our strength” living with guilt, shame, doubts, not to mention possibly ruined or strained relationships and reputations. Medical science has shown that these mental stresses can lead to all kinds of physical problems, such as, upset stomachs, depression, insomnia, heartburn, high blood pressure, a weakened immune system. David was spot-on with what sin does to us and he was likewise spot-on with the remedy…confessing our sins to the Lord because He will in turn forgive us of them and alleviate their burden.
That of course, is the Gospel, the Good News, that God will and does forgive us of every sin we’ve ever committed, even the most wretched, and King David should know, he committed a few whoppers. “And you forgave the guilt of my sin,” David continued. “The guilt” that burden our sins cause and that lead to all those other problems.
Admittedly, letting go of our past sins and their guilt is something we don’t do very well, we’re much better at hanging on to them. But the Scriptures are clear, we need to give them over to God and He will take care of them for us, and take care of them He did, by putting them on the shoulders of Jesus. When Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” he had become saturated with every sin ever committed, and sin cannot abide in the Lord’s presence, which is why it is so important that we get rid of them by confessing them and giving them over to the Lord.
We rejoice in the Gospel. We rejoice in the knowledge that God promises to forgive as well as forget our sins. We rejoice in the freedom of conscience this forgiveness affords us. However, let us not forget, and let us never stop giving thanks for what brings us this freedom from sin…the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
Until next month….