Week 4: Sunday

Read: Psalm 32 

Blessed is the one
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the one
whose sin the Lord does not count against them
and in whose spirit is no deceit.

When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
For day and night
your hand was heavy on 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.

Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
while you may be found;
surely the rising of the mighty waters
will not reach them.
You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
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.

Many are the woes of the wicked,
but the Lord’s unfailing love
surrounds the one who trusts in him.
Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous;
sing, all you who are upright in heart!

Meditate: Forgiveness is the most powerful thing in the world. When you’ve been forgiven, your life will change in a way that nothing else will achieve. A sense of freedom. A new start. Fresh possibilities. Of course, forgiveness only comes after repentance, which is difficult. But scriptures like Psalm 32 are there to remind us that it’s worth it.

Pray: We often think of repentance as a dreary, embarrassing thing, forgetting what a joy it is to know we are ransomed, healed, restored, and forgiven. Is there something that you really need to put behind you, this Lent, once and for all?

Engage: spend at least one hour doing something you enjoy.