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Bible Reading Plan | September 03, 2021


In Edgar Allan Poe’s famous short story, "The Tell-Tale Heart," the narrator is haunted by his conscience after murdering an elderly man. He had committed the perfect crime, carefully dismembering the body, and hiding the various pieces under the floorboards. No one would ever find out, yet the murderer keeps hearing the incessant beating of the man’s heart. Ultimately the narrator could not escape from his guilt and conscience.

In our scripture ready for today, David rejoices in confessed sin. How clean and fresh is the feeling of God’s forgiveness! Yet David also speaks of wasting away with guilt when he harbored unconfessed sin in his life. As you read today, is there any sin sapping away your life? Or have you experienced the refreshing fine flush of forgiveness that comes from a sinner redeemed and cleansed by Christ?


Psalm 32

Of David. A maskil.

1 Blessed is the one

whose transgressions are forgiven,

whose sins are covered.

2 Blessed is the one

whose sin the Lord does not count against them

and in whose spirit is no deceit.

3 When I kept silent,

my bones wasted away

through my groaning all day long.

4 For day and night

your hand was heavy on me;

my strength was sapped

as in the heat of summer.

5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you

and did not cover up my iniquity.

I said, “I will confess

my transgressions to the Lord.”

And you forgave

the guilt of my sin.

6 Therefore let all the faithful pray to you

while you may be found;

surely the rising of the mighty waters

will not reach them.

7 You are my hiding place;

you will protect me from trouble

and surround me with songs of deliverance.

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

I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

9 Do not be like the horse or the mule,

which have no understanding

but must be controlled by bit and bridle

or they will not come to you.

10 Many are the woes of the wicked,

but the Lord’s unfailing love

surrounds the one who trusts in him.

11 Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous;

sing, all you who are upright in heart!


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