My devotions this morning had me “musing” over the importance of confession, repentance and forgiveness; both seeking forgiveness and finding it. It began with Proverbs 28:13 ~ “He that covereth his transgressions shall not prosper: But whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall obtain mercy.”
This immediately reminded me of 1John1:9 ~ “If we confess our sins, He is faithful, just and right to forgive us… and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
At this point I thought of the words of David found in Psalm 32 (listen to them from the CEV) ~ “The one whose wrongdoing is forgiven, whose sin is covered over, is truly happy! The one the LORD doesn’t consider guilty… that one is truly happy! (For) when I kept silent about my sin, my bones wore out; I was groaning all day long — every day, every night… because Your hand was heavy upon me! My energy was sapped as if in a summer drought. So I admitted my sin to you; I didn’t conceal my guilt any longer. “I’ll confess my sins to the LORD” is what I said. Then You forgave my sin and removed the guilt.”
What a great and glorious God we serve – gracious & compassionate, abounding with mercy and rich in love!
I found the following quote by Sir Thomas Moore which tied my “musings” together perfectly: “God’s delight is to comfort wounded spirits…and to forgive repentant souls.”
“Come, Ye Disconsolate”
Come, ye disconsolate, where’er ye languish,
Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel.
Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish;
Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.
Joy of the desolate, light of the straying,
Hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure!
Here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying,
“Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot cure.”
(Sir Thomas Moore)
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