Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the three-year lectionary.
Our Psalm reading for this week, Psalm 32:1-7, speaks very frankly about our trouble. The Psalmist recognizes the reality of transgressions. And these transgressions, this sin, this iniquity is deadly to us. The Scripture pictures our plight as very serious. We need to be rescued. We need to be hidden from trouble. We need someone to shout out for help on our behalf.
When we deny our sin, when we brush it under the rug or minimize it, we call God a liar. We say that he is wrong in his assessment of sin. In effect, we find ourselves arguing with God. Yet the Psalmist, in verses 4-5, confesses. Sin is destructive. it eats us away. It is the worst kind of sickness and decay. However, looking to God in hope, confessing our sins before him, and asking his forgiveness leads us to restoration. That’s exactly what we need. When we agree with God - we are sinful, we need rescue, we cannot arrange that rescue ourselves - then he gives us repentance and forgiveness. It’s just what we need.
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