July 14 - The Joy of Forgiveness (Psalm 32)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below.
This Sunday Levi Regalado will continue teaching Challenging Questions Christians Face. This class will be held at 10:00 in the Youth Room.
My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less
Lord From Sorrows Deep I Call
Not In Me
O My Soul Arise
Come Ye Sinners Poor And Needy
Unreached People Group
In our Sunday gathering this week, we will be praying for the Majhi of Nepal.
Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah
5 I 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. Selah
6 Therefore let everyone who is godly
offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found;
surely in the rush of great waters,
they shall not reach him.
7 You are a hiding place for me;
you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
9 Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
which must be curbed with bit and bridle,
or it will not stay near you.
10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.
11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
Do you think forgiveness produces happiness? There is no one better to help us see the joy of forgiveness, than King David. David, called a man after God’s heart, who sinned greatly by committing both adultery and murder is our instructor for finding the joy of forgiveness in confessing our sins. These words of confession are yet another language with which we speak with God. These are called penitential psalms. These psalms give us words to express our sorrow over sin and desired renewal before God. These psalms help us approach God in the midst of sin to find forgiveness, peace and joy (6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143).
Review and Apply
To what degree do you struggle with guilt over things done or things you are doing? Try to be specific.
What effect has guilt over unconfessed sin had on your life and relationships?
Explain this quote from Augustine: Happy are those who recognize they are not righteous and who know what to do about it.’
Explain how saints are sinners simultaneously.
What does it mean to acknowledge your sin to God (vs.5)? How do you practice this?
What sins have you failed to confess to God? To others?
Along with forgiveness, what are some of the blessings that come from confession?
To what degree do you cherish forgiveness? In what ways can you increase your joy over God's forgiveness?