Psalm 32:4-5 ” For day and night Your hand was heavy upon 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 is one of seven “Penitential Psalms” in the Old Testament. It’s a big word that simply means repentance. As it shows in the first part of these verses, sin has a way of weighing us down, of burdening us with guilt and shame…until we come to the end of ourselves and recognize just how sinful we are. It’s at that moment, when we become acutely aware of our sinfulness we must then confess and admit it to the Lord. But this can be the hardest part in any Believers life, for none of us want to admit we’re wrong or can’t do life on our own…but it is a necessary and inescapable part of salvation. For without repentance there is no forgiveness…without repentance there can be no mercy.

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