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The Blessings of Repentance
By Pastor John

Psalm 32:1-11
1 Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. 2 Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit. 3 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 sapped as in the heat of summer. Selah 5 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. Selah 6 Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him. 7 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah 8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. 9 Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. 10 Many are the woes of the wicked, but the LORD's unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him. 11 Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!

The Blessedness of Being Forgiven
1 Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. 2 Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.

We are truly blessed when our sins our covered by the blood of Jesus. We are truly blessed we the Lord no longer counts our sin against us because we are forgiven in Jesus Christ.

We are also blessed because the heavy burden of sin is taken away.

The Heaviness of Sin
3 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 sapped as in the heat of summer. Selah

In Edgar Allan Poe's story, "The Tell-Tale Heart" the main character committed murder. Unable to escape the haunting guilt of his deed, he begins to hear the heartbeat of the victim he has buried in his basement. A cold sweat covers him as he hears the beat-beat-beat of a heart, that goes on relentlessly. Ultimately the heartbeat drives the man absolutely mad, not knowing that it was not coming from the body in the basement, but from the heart within his own chest. So it is with a guilt ridden, unforgiving conscience.

Guilt destroys our confidence. Guilt can make us feel insecure because we're always worried that someone is going to find out what we're really like, or what we've really done. Many years ago, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes novels, played a prank on five of the most prominent men in England. He sent an anonymous note to each one that simply said this, "All is found out, flee at once." Within 24 hours all five men had left the country. That's exactly the picture described in Proverbs 28:1: "The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion." Is guilt destroying your confidence today?

Guilt keeps us stuck in the past. Do you continuously replay your sins over and over and over in your mind? Someone has said, "Guilt cannot change the past just like worry cannot change the future. But it can make you miserable today."

The Blessings of Repentance
5 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. Selah

Protection from the Lord
6 Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him. 7 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah

Instruction from the Lord
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. 9 Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. 10 Many are the woes of the wicked, but the LORD's unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him.

Joy from the Lord
11 Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!

We are truly blessed when we repent!

Read also:
The Blessings of God's Peace
The Blessings of Insults and Persecution
The Blessings of Righteousness

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