Daily Prayer for Thursday, March 28, 2019 – Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven!

Psalm 32

1 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah
5 I acknowledged my sin to you,
and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,”
and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
6 Therefore let everyone who is godly
offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found;
surely in the rush of great waters,
they shall not reach him.
7 You are a hiding place for me;
you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
9 Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
which must be curbed with bit and bridle,
or it will not stay near you.
10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD.
11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

Reflection

Psalm 32 is one of the penitential psalms (Psalm 6; Psalm 38; Psalm 51; Psalm 102; Psalm 130; Psalm 143). Psalm 32 also shows the physical, mental, and spiritual consequences of holding on to our sins. Unconfessed sin literally eats us alive from within. The Good news of this Psalm is that when we sincerely acknowledge our sins and we confess them for the sake of Christ, God does not forgives us and leads us back upon the path of  the blessed.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, grant me the honesty to examine my life according to the wisdom you have revealed in the Bible. Show me my sins. Open my eyes to see them. feel them in my heart, and hold them in contempt. Grant me forgiveness for the sake of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, so that I can enjoy and share the blessings of your mercy in this life, and the life to come. Amen..

Hymn

 

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