Bible Passage: Jonah 2: 2-9
Psalm 32 paints a beautiful picture of repentance. In our own day, repentance has become a heavy word, laden with guilt and feelings of not measuring up. In Psalm 32, however, it is an occasion for joy and an opportunity for thanksgiving! God our Father knows we need the transforming power of his love – that’s why he sent us his Son in the first place and continues to call us to prayer. Repentance is simply the opportunity for us to re-align ourselves with the plans and purposes God has for us. It is not an occasion for self-abasement or beating ourselves up, but yet another opportunity to rejoice in the Lord’s grace and compassion.
This Sunday, we are peering into the life of Jonah, a man of God who seems to have forgotten the need for repentance and using that as an opportunity to offer prayers of repentance ourselves. But until Sunday arrives, I encourage you to read the portion from Psalm 32 below, and give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
Psa. 32.1 Oh, what joy for those
whose disobedience is forgiven,
whose sin is put out of sight!
2 Yes, what joy for those
whose record the LORD has cleared of guilt,
whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
3 When I refused to confess my sin,
my body wasted away,
and I groaned all day long.
4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.
My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.
Psa. 32.5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you
and stopped trying to hide my guilt.
I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.”
And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
Psa. 32.10 Many sorrows come to the wicked,
but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the LORD.
11 So rejoice in the LORD and be glad, all you who obey him!
Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!