Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
While I kept silence, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.
Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the guilt of my sin. (Psalm 32:1-5)
The psalmist was in denial about the truth regarding his life. He was internalizing a lie by not acknowledging his sinfulness before God. As modern medicine knows very well, internalizing negative energy can cause one’s body to “waste away.” When we try to hide the truth about our lives from God, from ourselves, and from others, our strength is “dried up as by the heat of summer.”
The psalmist’s healing came through truth and transparency. When he was honest with himself and with God, when he came into the light of God’s truth, he discovered God to be a healing, loving Redeemer whose desire was not to destroy him but to forgive him. Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered!
In the life of the Christian Church, the season of Lent provides us a special opportunity to move to a deeper level of truth and transparency before God. Our lives are completely transparent to God already, and our need is to allow God to bring us to an awareness of the truth about our lives. When this happens, we discover God to be a God whose love “covers” our sin through the suffering and death of his Son, Jesus Christ.
I encourage you to make a commitment to be present in worship every Sunday during Lent, as we seek to allow God to lead us into the truth and transparency of his love. Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered!
Grace and peace,
Trinity United Methodist Church
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