Saturday, December 6, 2014

Tormented by Shame and Guilt

Photo by Andy Morales (Flickr)
When I read Psalm 51:9, I experience a profound and familiar sadness, layered with deep shame, regret and guilt—the kind of shame that causes you to hide; the kind of regret that makes you want to curl up in a ball and try to forget what you did; and the kind of tormenting guilt that forces you to scream out to God, over and over again, to please erase the entire incident from your record!

We are in our ninth week of memorizing and/or meditating on Psalm 51, one verse per week.

Psalm 51:9 (NIV)
Hide your face from my sins
    and blot out all my iniquity.

Psalm 51:9 (VOICE) / For Meditation Purposes 
Cover Your face so You will not see my sins,
    and erase my guilt from the record.

Once again, David pleads, asking God to blot out his sin and to take away his guilt. Have you noticed how many times in Psalm 51 David repeats these requests? Do you think if he could have rewound time and gone back before his sin, he would have made different choices?

What about you?

  • Have the consequences of your choices been worth the emotional torture you’ve experienced?

Please remember, God is full of mercy! He will not forsake you or turn away from you when you go to Him.

Feel free to leave a comment (using a pseudonym, if you want) letting me know how you’re doing, or how I can pray for you.

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