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From the Pastor

From the Pastor

We are discovering that the Psalms can help express the songs and emotions of the soul out loud. Nowhere is this more true than the so called Penitential Psalms (or Psalms of repentance including Psalms 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130 & 143). Guilt is a powerful, even overwhelming, feeling open to being misunderstood. It may lead to unbalanced self-blame (as if we could have been the solution), or a victim mentality.

Presently our culture downplays guilt. We are encouraged to have no regrets, live for now, go with what feels good. We have not let others down, rather instead the expectations of others were imposed on us and we should be free of such guilt.

We do not deal with guilt well. The Psalms can help. Bring your guilt to God and cry out for help. Entrust yourself to his mercy (Ps 6, 51). Cry out from a place of depths, not rights (Ps 130). Expect to groan but don’t wear yourself out (Ps 6,32). Rather be blessed by the release of transgressions forgiven (Ps 32). Follow God’s word and avoid future sin and guilt. (Ps 32, 51)

In case you thought it was that easy Ps 38 reminds us that you may have to sit with and lament the consequences of your sin as you wait for God’s deliverance. “Wait, more than watchmen wait for the morning…” (Ps 130 vs6).

Ps 102 is different again. It begins with groaning, lamenting, even complaining, but the solution is more corporate. The request is that God would restore the fortunes of the nation and of his people.

And in Ps 143, even if we are guilty others may use that to hold us over a barrel. The answer is still to cry out to God, and trust him.

David Rietveld

Senior Pastor