Psalm 32 The Message Bible

The Blessedness of Forgiveness

32 1  Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be - you get a fresh start, your slate's wiped clean. 2  Count yourself lucky - God holds nothing against you and you're holding nothing back from him. 3  When I kept it all inside, my bones turned to powder, my words became daylong groans. 4  The pressure never let up; all the juices of my life dried up. 5  Then I let it all out; I said, "I'll make a clean breast of my failures to God." Suddenly the pressure was gone - my guilt dissolved, my sin disappeared. 6  These things add up. Every one of us needs to pray; when all hell breaks loose and the dam bursts we'll be on high ground, untouched.

7  God's my island hideaway, keeps danger far from the shore, throws garlands of hosannas around my neck. 8  Let me give you some good advice; I'm looking you in the eye and giving it to you straight: 9  "Don't be ornery like a horse or mule that needs bit and bridle to stay on track." 10  God-defiers are always in trouble; God-affirmers find themselves loved every time they turn around. 11  Celebrate God. Sing together - everyone! All you honest hearts, raise the roof!

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