How to Manage Guilt – Psalm 32

Haven’t we all entertained thoughts like these? I know some would say what I did was wrong, but hey, it wasn’t that bad. I didn’t hurt anyone. Somehow it’s twisting my perspective and messing with me, but I just have an overactive conscience. 

Psalm 32 offers healthier thinking.

“I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah” (Psalm 32:5-6 ESV).

Think about that simple and powerful truth. I confessed I’m guilty. God forgave me and now I’m free. I don’t have to be afraid to admit my wrongs. He makes the way for my guilt to be resolved.

You would think as people of faith we would be quick to acknowledge when we’ve done wrong. That’s not the case though, is it. We may be full of pride and think it’s better to cover up the wrong, change its name, or get too busy to deal with it.

There’s a warning about that in verses 8 and 9.

How to Deal with Guilt“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle or it will not stay near you. Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.”

I love the promise in this chapter. The wicked have many sorrows, but love that doesn’t go away surrounds those who trust him. I don’t want to be a dumb, sorrowful animal chomping on a bit. I want to follow his instruction and counsel, and know his amazing love and forgiveness.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis