It's a terrible feeling living each day not knowing you are forgiven. For some, it's tormenting. Many people live just this way. Everyday they live in the torment of guilt, condemnation, and shame because of their sins. Night and day, it eats away at them. God's heart is to release them from this torment and restore them to spiritual, mental, and emotional health as they come to the realization of his forgiveness.
Maybe this is you. Because you do not realize you have been forgiven, you live daily with the terrible and tormenting feeling of guilt, condemnation, and shame. It eats away at you day and night. This lack of understanding of God's forgiveness affects you spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. It even affects your relationships. God's heart is to release you from this torment and restore you to health.
David, the King of Israel, lived in daily torment over the sins he had committed. David committed adultery with Bathsheba, had her husband murdered, and lied about it all. In Psalm 32, David revealed the daily torment he was feeling over his sins. This daily torment included groaning, heaviness, and weakness. He was groaning in mental, spiritual, and emotional pain. He felt the heaviness or burden of what he had done. He became weak. This torment was with him day and night. Consequently, he had no joy, no peace, and no happiness.
He tried to cover up his sin. But the more he covered it up, the more it built up. More pain. More guilt. More weight. He kept silent about his sin. The more silent he was, the sicker he became. His mental, spiritual, and emotional sickness grew. His groaning increased. His heaviness increased. His weakness increased. Day after day, night after night, he continued to live in torment.
This torment continued until the day David stopped covering up and being silent about his sin. Rather than covering up his sin, he confessed his sin to God. He acknowledged his sin to God. And God forgave the guilt of his sin (Psalm 32:5). When David received God’s forgiveness, he was released from the terrible and tormenting feeling of guilt.
David opens up Psalm 32 with the following statement about God's forgiveness of sin.
Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the person whose sins the Lord will never count against him.
In this verse, the word blessed means to be released from the torment of our guilt arising from our sin and restored to spiritual, mental and emotional health through God's forgiveness of our sins. If anyone understood the blessing of forgiveness, it was David. He understood what it was like to be released from the torment of guilt and restored to peace of mind through God’s forgiveness.
David had experienced God's restorative blessing of forgiveness for his sins. David knew that God was not counting his sins against him. That is what forgiveness is...God is not counting our sins against us!
With the same forgiveness given to him by God, he forgave himself. David no longer counted his sins against himself. He extended to himself the blessing of forgiveness which God extended to him.
God's hearts is to bless you with the same forgiveness he blessed David with. He wants to release you from the torment you feel day and night. He wants to restore your peace of mind. He wants you to experience happiness, health, and wholeness. Through his forgiveness, he desires to bring peace and joy into your life. He does not want you to live another day tormented by your sin.
In Psalm 32:1-2, David wrote about the blessing of forgiveness. About 1000 years later, Paul quoted Psalm 32:1-2 while writing chapter four of the book of Romans. Paul, too, understood what it was like to live night and day with the torment of sin. Prior to becoming a follower of Jesus Christ, Paul was responsible for the deaths and imprisonment of Christians in the early days of Christianity. Yet, Jesus appeared to him and poured the blessing of forgiveness out on him.
The word that Paul used to describe this blessing of forgiveness poured out upon him was grace. It was grace, God’s forgiveness, poured out upon Paul that released him from his own torment and restored his peace of mind. It is this same grace that God wants to pour out upon you and release you from torment and restore your peace of mind.
Grace, the forgiveness of our sins, comes through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:6-8; 2:7). Jesus purchased our forgiveness for us when he paid our sin penalty through his shed blood on the cross. We simply claim his forgiveness, thank him we are forgiven, and extend his forgiveness to ourselves.
Like David and Paul, you do not have to live another day or night tormented by the guilt of your sin. Acknowledge your sin to God. He loves you. Accept the forgiveness that he has freely provided for you in Jesus Christ. Extend this forgiveness, this grace, to yourself. God is not counting your sins against you. You no longer have to count your sins against yourself. You can now live each day released from the torment of guilt by knowing you have been forgiven by God and extending his forgiveness to yourself. And along with David and Paul, you can now say “Blessed is the person whose sins are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the person whose sins the Lord will never count against him.” You are now released from the torment of your guilt.
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