Jan 15th, 2020
On Sunday, Josh reminded us that many times we’re drawn to resolutions at the beginning of a new year. Resolutions, that sadly if we’re honest, often end up in failure. And when they do the question becomes “in a culture that has largely changed its definition of morality to remove any sense of objective guilt; how do we deal with our subjective guilt, the shame we face in our lives’? So what does it mean to face a new year with a fresh start? To understand better how to deal with the shame we often face in our lives? Psalm 32 gives us some advice.
David begins by stating the need to deal with our sin, by acknowledging it. He points out these intense feelings of guilt and shame can weigh us down, with a crushing weight, as this shame is often the result of our own sin. On Sunday Josh reminded us of the need to deal with our sin, by acknowledging it. We have this innate, sinful desire to hide our sin, to blame others for our sin, to run from it. The problem is that God knows all of our failure and sin. He is the one after all, who tracked down a shame filled Adam & Eve in the garden as they sought to hide behind the fig leaves. Rather, David states, that when he confessed his sin to the Lord, that God forgave the guilt of his sin.
This is the medicine our hearts long for, as David, upon confessing His sin and receiving God’s forgiveness declares in vv7 “you surround me with joyful shouts of deliverance.” This is not about what David has done, not about how sinful he’s been, but about what God has done through Christ on the cross on our behalf, not holding our sin against us. Once again, preaching the gospel to ourselves.
So we come back to the beginning of the Psalm, “how joyful is the one whose transgression is forgiven”. When we acknowledge our sin, confess our failure, and taste the incredible forgiveness of God, joy is the result.
NSC, are you looking for a fresh start to the new year? I’d urge you to pray Psalm 32. To grasp the joy that comes from knowing that we are forgiven, to taste and see that the Lord is good. To as David writes at the end of the Psalm: “Be glad in the Lord and rejoice you righteous ones; shout for joy, all you upright in heart.”