Read Psalm 32

Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

Happy are those to whom the LORD imputes no iniquity,

                and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

While I kept silence, my body wasted away

                through my groaning all day long.

For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;

                my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.

Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity;

I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,”

                and you forgave the guilt of my sin.

Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you;

                at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them.

You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble;

                you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.

I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go;

                 I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding,

                whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle,

                else it will not stay near you.

Many are the torments of the wicked,

                but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the LORD.

Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, O righteous,

                and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.

 

From Rev. Kevin M. Snow,  Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Huntington,

and Associate Regional Minister for Youth and Young Adults

What is happiness?  The Psalms provide a familiar place to begin as the phrase “Happy are those” is used 15 times throughout the book.  We usually associate happiness with success, good fortune, strong health, and financial security.  This shapes the way we pursue happiness.  We jockey for promotions, pick up that good luck penny, thank God the flu bug skipped our house, and spend money on things we don’t need.  While these things provide momentary bliss, do they foster true, abiding happiness?  The Psalmist knows the way to lasting happiness: forgiveness.  Happiness is not the absence of transgression (rebellion), sin (missing the mark), or iniquity (enduring disobedience).  Happiness is the assurance of forgiveness that God graciously offers to the world.  Happiness is not living an error free live devoid of sin and sorrow.  Happiness is the freedom that comes from knowing God does not require or expect perfection from God’s people.  Happiness is not a reliance upon the self.  Happiness is a back and forth relationship with a forgiving God.

 

Loving God, remove the silence from our lips, and hear the cry of our call. 

Reassure us of the promise of your grace, that we might find happiness anew.

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