Embodying Hope and Turning to God in Prayer
Psalm 32: Today’s reading is a psalm of confession and forgiveness. The psalmist celebrates the happiness of those who are forgiven. He compares the exhaustion of holding onto one’s sins with the peace and protection that comes with confessing one’s sins.
Today's Scripture: Psalm 32:7
You are my hiding place; you will save me from trouble. I sing aloud of your salvation, because you protect me.
1 Happy are those whose sins are forgiven, whose wrongs are pardoned. 2 Happy is the one whom the LORD does not accuse of doing wrong and who is free from all deceit. 3 When I did not confess my sins, I was worn out from crying all day long. 4 Day and night you punished me, LORD; my strength was completely drained, as moisture is dried up by the summer heat. 5 Then I confessed my sins to you; I did not conceal my wrongdoings. I decided to confess them to you, and you forgave all my sins. 6 So all your loyal people should pray to you in times of need; when a great flood of trouble comes rushing in, it will not reach them. 7 You are my hiding place; you will save me from trouble. I sing aloud of your salvation, because you protect me. 8 The LORD says, “I will teach you the way you should go; I will instruct you and advise you. 9 Don't be stupid like a horse or a mule, which must be controlled with a bit and bridle to make it submit.” 10 The wicked will have to suffer, but those who trust in the LORD are protected by his constant love. 11 You that are righteous, be glad and rejoice because of what the LORD has done. You that obey him, shout for joy!
How does the psalmist describe what it feels like to hold on to sin? How does he go about confessing them? What does it mean for God to be a hiding place? What does that image mean to you?
O God, you are my hiding place! You will save me from trouble. I sing aloud of your salvation because you protect me. Forgive me of my sins, and show me the way I should go. I praise you and thank you. Amen.
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