Summary: A study in the book of Psalm 32: 1 – 11
Psalm 32: 1 – 11
Guilt can make you sick
A Psalm of David. A Contemplation.
1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit, there is no deceit. 3 When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long. 4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah 5 I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah 6 For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You in a time when You may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters they shall not come near him. 7 You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah 8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. 9 Do not be like the horse or like the mule, which have no understanding, which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, else they will not come near you. 10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him. 11 Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
We all know that the mind is a very powerful thing, it’s responsible for everything that happens in our body and can change the course of our life.
Carrying around negative emotions causes a toxic environment in your body which can lead to multiple health problems. Our Great Physician is going to speak to us about what guilt does in your body and He give us the solution to eliminate it. It is called confession.
Let’s Start with What Guilt Does:
Think back on something you did that you wish you hadn’t. What tightened up in your body? Or did something else happen for you? Maybe a chill sensation or nauseous feeling? That’s guilt hanging around in your body, reminding you of past actions and doing all it can to keep you small.
When you feel guilty this is due to the gift of a conscious our Holy Creator gives us. It is a measuring device that informs us that we did something wrong. This constant thinking of this sin causes stress inside your body that can manifest as fatigue, anxiety, anger, shame, sadness and if not dealt with will affect our physical wellbeing.
Guilt isn’t just an emotional reaction to something we’re ashamed of, sorry for or regret. It’s much more powerful than that. When it gets a foothold in your life, it starts to direct your thoughts, your confidence levels, how you see yourself and the value you put on yourself.
The point is, guilt makes you physically and emotionally sick and it mercilessly pops up whenever it feels like it.
Forgiving yourself and releasing it is the only way to stomp out guilt once and for all. When you hold on to guilt and let it dictate how you feel about yourself, it keeps you trapped. It stops you from moving forward, from getting what you want. Because every time you reach for it, guilt pops up and says, “Oh you can’t do that, remember this?” and then you stop.
So, as we begin to go through the verses in this Psalm I want to point you to a healing verse. It is in the book of 1 John chapter 1, “5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”
This Psalm was probably written by David some time after his sin with Bathsheba. It describes the agonies of conscience that he went through before finally confessing his sin to God, and the subsequent relief that he experienced once he had done so and had found forgiveness. Intermingled with it are words spoken to him by YHWH promising that He will in future act as his guide if he will be responsive to the reins (verses 8-9). For the principle behind it compare Proverbs 28.13; 1 John 1.7-10.