by Stephen Whitney

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Broken by Guilt (6 of 12)
Series: Songs of the Broken Hearted
Stephen Whitney
Psalm 32:1-5

Guilt is an inner feeling that you have done something wrong.

It is the feeling of regret, remorse, pain or shame in your heart because you know that you have done something wrong.

Our English word ''guilt'' comes from the Anglo Saxon word ''crime'' meaning you have broken the law and should be punished.

We feel guilt because God has given us a conscience so that we know when we have broken his law and done something wrong.

Rom. 2:14-15 When Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires . . . they show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or excuse them.

Guilt is God's way of letting us know we have sinned and therefore we need to confess our sin to him so we can be forgiven and our guilt removed. Someone has said guilt is a warning sign in our heart like the red light on the dash of our car which comes on to let us know something is wrong.


In II Samuel 11 King David committed adultery with Bathsheba, she became pregnant and to cover his sin David arranged for her husband to be killed in battle so that their relationship wouldn't be discovered. Nine months later the child was born and God sent Nathan the prophet to confront David about his sin.

When he was confronted David repented and wrote Psalm 51 asking for God's forgiveness and mercy for his sin. I believe that later he wrote Psalm 32 expressing his personal feelings about what had taken place in his heart during this time. He knew what it was like to feel a deep sense of guilt and then the wonderful feeling of being forgiven.

Richard Sibbes wrote, ''Sin is not so sweet in the committing as it is heavy and bitter in the reckoning.''


Blessed - Heb. happiness is often used as interjection.

Paraphrase - O the happiness of the ...

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