Something to Sing About

5I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin . . . 11Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
—Psalm 32:5, 11

Sometimes it takes a lot to force us to confess sin to God. It’s not something we like to do, and many avoid it at all costs. In the Bible, it took seven years of living like an animal for King Nebuchadnezzar to confess his pride to God. It took wars, famine, and numerous judgments from the Lord for the Israelites to confess their sin. And, it took a crushing work from God for David to finally acknowledge, uncover, and confess his sin to God.

Where there once was silence, there now is confession. David had tried to hide, deny, and be silent about his sin and it got him everywhere bad. It took a prophet named Nathan to spell out the ugliness of his sin before he finally manned up. Only then did he acknowledge his sin before God. It’s as if David finally said, OK, I give up. No more silence. I officially make the declaration that I have sinned before the Lord. Then David tells us he no longer covered up his iniquity. He pulls back the cover on his sin and says, There it is. Uncovered. Out in the open for the Lord to see. And then David says that he confesses his transgressions.  See all of that twisted up sin? David exclaims, It’s all mine. I confess that I, and I alone, did it all. They are my horrific sins. That is no light-duty repentance. That is sin fully acknowledged, uncovered, and confessed to the Lord. And it pleased the Lord.

Where there once was guilt, there now is forgiveness.  What a relief it must have been for King David to know his sins were now erased from God’s ledger book. Gone! Eliminated! Wiped out! It is important to note that David understood not only did God erase his sin, but He also took away the guilt of his sin. David was forgiven and guiltless before God! What a relief!

Where there once was suffering, there now is rejoicing. The result of repentance that leads to forgiveness is threefold: gladness, rejoicing, and song. The forgiven experience a supernatural gladness that permeate their very souls. The forgiven have good reason to give verbal expression of God’s amazing goodness and grace in their lives. The forgiven sing! They shout out a melody because they indeed have something to declare in song.

King David, the adulterer, murderer, liar, and silent-with-his-sin man, repented. He confessed and turned away from his sin. And the Lord forgave. Now that is something to sing about! —Doug Helmer

Journal:

·         Is there sin in my life I need to acknowledge and uncover before the Lord?

·         Do I grasp how amazing and full God’s forgiveness is? How can I rejoice in that right now?

Prayer Father, I am amazed at my own pride. My pride shows itself when I am resistant to acknowledging and uncovering my sin before You, even though You see it all. How marvelous You are!  How patient You are! How forgiving You are! You give me something to sing about! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Always True: 5 Great and Precious Promises of God
Always True: 5 Great and Precious Promises of God 

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What if you believed—truly believed with all confidence that God is with you? How would today go for you if you knew without a doubt that God is in control? What would be different in your life if you were sure God is watching and good? What would you risk if you were certain God is victorious? 

Just how would believing God’s promises change your life?  

Ask the greatest Christian you’ll ever meet if they hold on to God’s promises and they’ll all say yes. Believing that God will do what He promises leads to a great life. The greatest Christian you’ll every meet knows, treasures, and is resting in the promises of God. They cling to these assurances that God gives His people so they can walk by faith while they wait for Him to work.

So what exactly does God promise?  In this topical study of what will always be true, Pastor James MacDonald will explore five great and precious promises that God keeps. Enter into this study with anticipation and faith that the God who makes these promises is faithful and true... always true.