Day 22, Saturday, March 18, 203
Blessed is the one
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them
and in whose spirit is no deceit.
When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
For day and night
your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped
as in the heat of summer.
Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
my transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave
the guilt of my sin. (Psalm 32:1-5 NIV)
Devotion: Lent is a season of repentance. This psalm highlights the blessings of forgiveness that our Lord has for us. The first blessing that this psalm highlight is forgiveness. The repentant will obtain forgiveness when we truly repent. The repentant are forgiven, and this forgiveness is confirmed by these verses by David. Like many of us, David was surrounded by troubles and was forgiven for repenting to God. David doesn’t just look for his circumstances to change; he offers himself to be changed through his repentance. This deliverance confirms the forgiveness of the guilt of his sin. We need to approach our troubles with the same priorities as David by repenting to God for His forgiveness. The forgiveness that our Lord gives us for repenting our sins starts a new life. Lent will come to an end on Easter Sunday with the resurrection of Jesus, and the promise to us is our future resurrection.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your love and grace in my weaknesses. Search my heart and thoughts so that I might be on the path you have set for me. Cleanse me from every sin and set me free. Amen.