Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. — Psalm 32:1

A man arrested for the murder of a 12-year-old girl was also suspected of other killings. When police searched his computer, they found a file labeled “My Sins,” but it couldn’t be opened because it was protected with a password. A computer expert went to work using software to break the code. After 16 hours and billions of combinations, he found this password: “Godhelp.” The file detailed six brutal crimes, including rape and murder.

I wonder if that man had created the file and its unique password because of the overwhelming burden of guilt for what he had done. Perhaps he knew that only God could help him deal with the enormity of his crimes.

We all have past sins that weigh us down. We may feel as David did when he wrote that God’s hand was heavy upon him day and night and that his “vitality was turned into the drought of summer” (Psalm 32:4). Yet relief can come. David said, “I acknowledged my sin to You . . . . I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and You forgave the iniquity of my sin” (v.5).

The miracle of God’s forgiveness does not remove the consequences of our sins. But when we confess our sins to Him, He will forgive us and cleanse us (1 John 1:9). His mercy and help are sure.

David McCasland

Lord, give me courage to confess,

To bare my sinful heart to Thee;

Thy full forgiveness I would know

And from this weight of guilt be free.

 D. De Haan


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