by Stephen Whitney

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Free from Guilt (7 of 12)
Series: Songs of the Broken Hearted
Stephen Whitney
Psalm 32:6-11

Hebrew word guilty means to be at fault for breaking God's law.
Our English word guilt comes from the old Anglo Saxon word crime. Guilt is a spiritual state of stress or uneasiness which is the result of committing a crime or violating the law.

To be forgiven means that you have been set free from your guilt.
We can be forgiven when we honestly confess our sins to God and receive his grace and mercy instead of his judgment upon us.

Thomas Adams described the result of being forgiven by God, ''Sins are so remitted, as if they had never been committed.''

The second half of Psalm 32 expresses the lesson which David learned from hiding his sin of adultery with Bathsheba and the having her husband Uriah murdered to cover it up. For a year he did not confess his sins but covered them up. When confronted he confessed his sin to God in palm 51 and then wrote psalm 32 to express his feeling of being forgiven by God.

In the second part of the psalm 32 he shares the lessons he learned as a result of confessing his sins and being forgiven of them

Trouble :6
Therefore - David says that the lesson he learned from holding on to his sin and living with guilt is that when we sin we need to ask for God's forgiveness before he punishes us for them.

Godly - are those who confess their sins to God. They are godly because they are humble and look to God for help and mercy instead of to themselves. God doesn't help those who help themselves, he helps those who depend and trust on him.

There is a period of time when God calls us to repent. He speaks to us through His Spirit, His Word and other people, but if we continually don't respond God gives us up to suffer for our sins.
Spurgeon wrote, ''There are certain times in which God may be spoken with, and a certain appointed day of pardon and of grace.''

Isaiah 55:6 Seek the Lord while ...

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