“I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions before the LORD’—and you forgave the guilt of my sin.”

Psalm 32:5

We’ve seen public figures, sports heroes, and national leaders “apologize” for a wrongdoing while not actually apologizing. It may involve saying, “I’m sorry people were offended by what I did.” There is not really an admission of guilt. The same sort of thinking works its way into our hearts, too, when we hide behind fake apologies. Only when we confess our sins wholeheartedly does true healing begin.

“This Psalm 32 passage gives me hope. I rejoice knowing God will respond to confession with complete forgiveness. I have found freedom here behind prison walls—greater freedom than I knew before—because I have confessed my sins to God, my fellow man, and myself. I don’t have to strive to be someone else; I don’t have to work to perpetuate a lie. Because I live ‘on the other side of the cross,’ I have confidence about the word righteous. It is Jesus alone who makes me righteous; nothing I do could get me there.”

“Rejoice in the LORD… you righteous” (v. 11). Just imagine… because of Jesus, God actually calls us “righteous”!




Scripture Focus

Psalm 32:5-11

Insight

Please pray for Daniel, 34, who has served two years of a 10-year sentence, as he clings to the hope of Jesus’ righteousness given to him.

Bible In A Year

  • Exodus 17-18
  • Psalm 34
  • Mark 14