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Is Something Wrong with Me? (2 of 4)
Series: Question Everything - Psalms
We started a new series last week through the P-SALMS called Question Everything... We are seeing how a book of songs written 3000 years ago engages some of our most pressing existential questions today.
The first question from P-SALM 1 was, ''Can I really be happy? If so, how?'' This week we're going to look at something that connects to that question.
I read something once by a psychologist who said that in order to be happy the human soul has to feel safe, clean, and significant. And what he meant by that was that in order to be happy we have to feel a sense of freedom; like we're valuable; that we don't have to walk around feeling ashamed or condemned.
- But many people, this psychologist said, are overshadowed by a lurking sense of judgment... sometimes it is regret over a specific action; sometimes, people just can't quite put their finger on it; it's just this feeling that ''I'm not good enough,'' and ''If people know the real me they will reject me.''
- One of the best literary depictions of this is Franz Kafka's The Trial... Kafka intended that to be a picture of the human soul going through life. You have a voice inside you telling you that you're not good enough... If people saw who you really were, they wouldn't like you...
So that's our question: Is something wrong with me? And, if so, is that what keeps me from being happy?
David opens Psalm 32 by saying [32:1] Blessed (lit. happy; the same word that opened up Psalm 1) is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
- In this psalm, he's going to connect happiness with forgiveness;
- He's going to say there is, in fact, something wrong with you... that feeling of shame or uneasiness has a grain of truth in it, even if it's distorted... and in order to be happy you have to deal with it... but not in the way we typically do.
 For when I kept ...
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