Psalm 32 – A lesson in the form of a song.
Blessed, doubly blessed is the person who does not carry the burden of guilt and shame. Blessed, doubly blessed is the person who has been forgiven, and set free from hiding and deceit.
And how does such rich blessing come upon us? Ironically, by facing our darkness. Pretense, fear and pride sap our joy, our energy, our strength. The burden of our sin is heavy, gnawing always at our peace of mind. The effort to remain silent, to hide from our God, drains us of authenticity, love and lightness of spirit.
It is the truth which sets us free. Psalm 32 reminds us that our God values above all our truth, our trust. Psalm 32 reminds us that the God who invites us out from the darkness of our shame and guilt is faithful and loving. When we are at our most vulnerable, confessing/speaking our desperate need for forgiveness and rescue, He covers us, preserves us, delivers us.
The joy of forgiveness is the gift of our God of steadfast love. This God is no tyrant from whom we should fearfully cower. Likewise, this God is no weak deity far away who cannot save and does not intervene. In our God we find a safe place to reveal our inner most shames.
God invites us to choose the happiness offered by forgiveness. Like the horse, God can lead us to water, but he cannot make us drink.
Friends, ‘steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord.’ Trust is easier said than done. For all who desire gladness in God, joy, release from burden, a simple prayer that God will give the faith needed to confess and to trust is the place to begin.