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God Wants To Remove Guilt, Not Add To It


Psalm 32

Has the weight of guilt ever made you literally sick? It did for King David, author of Psalm 32. Guilt feels like a heavy weight bearing down on us (Psalm 32:4). Sometimes the shame of what we’ve done makes us wander further from God, convinced He would only point an angry finger at us if we tried to approach Him. But, that thinking is a lie from Satan. We know this because it is in complete opposition to God’s Word.

In Psalm 32:5, we learn how David dealt with his guilt, “…I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the LORD.’ And you forgave the guilt of my sin.”

Forgiveness removes a weight so heavy that only the strong arm of God can lift it. The wonderful news of forgiveness is just a confession away. God is not waiting with a pointed finger ready to zap us; He is a loving Father watching his child trying to carry something too heavy. And, rather than barge in to take over, He is waiting on us to simply ask Him to take it.

Confession is admitting that what we did was wrong, that the weight of our sin is too much for us to carry, and asking God to forgive us and help us change. Jesus said that His burden is easy. God’s desire is for us not to be like the child dragged kicking and screaming, or the horse forced to move with the bit and bridle (Psalm 32:9). He offers us open arms to take the weight of our sin from us, not to add the weight of guilt to us. And, like a good father, after we give God our sin to carry, He takes our hand to guide and protect us (Psalm 32:6-8).


  • How does knowing God wants to remove your guilt rather than pile it on change how you approach Him with your problems?
  • What is one thing you need to confess, so that God’s open arms can lift it from your shoulders?
  • Has there been a time in your life when you confessed your sin and declared Jesus your Lord and Savior? If not, you can do it today.

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