每日诗歌: Deeper In Love (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0GERp5T8D0)
Psalm 31 [Read]
Psalm 32 [Read]
Psalm 33 [Read]
Acts 21:15-40 [Read]
I once watched a video about Tibetan villagers living in the Himalaya Mountain. Since there was no public roadway, everything had to be carried into the mountain by men. It’s a 3-day journey, and the camera man followed those men carrying all kinds of heavy stuff back to their village from the closest town. One man even carried a washing machine back for his wife! The hike was tortuous, and the strength of those men was amazing. As they arrived home and lifted up the heavy load from their back, they broke out with a great smile. What a relief!
Psalm 32 talks about another kind of relief, one that everyone needs. It’s about forgiveness. “Blessed is he whose transgression are forgiven, whose sins are covered” (Ps 32:1). The Hebrew word for “forgive” means to lift up something, and the picture of those villagers arriving home is the best illustration. To be able to get this heavy load off our back after carrying it for a long time is the most wonderful feeling a person can have. No wonder the psalm ends with “rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart” (32:11). To be forgiven is indeed a great feeling to have.
However, forgiveness comes only to a penitent heart, the great relief comes only when one is willing to let go the great burden on his back. “When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long” (32:3). Guilt is the heaviest load anyone can carry, but, unfortunately, many of us are carrying it every day. Our pride keeps us silent, and our arrogance wastes away our bones. I know that feeling by heart, and nothing feels better when I let go such guilt through confession and repentance.
A penitent heart is the key to true peace and joy. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Mt 11:28). The burden our Lord referred to must be understood through the context of the unrepentant cities (Mt 11:19-24). The greatest promise Christians have is that “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1Jn 1:9). For you who are still carrying the heavy burden of guilt, claim that promise today so that you may have rest.
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