I am working on a confirmation lesson plan about confession and as part of that lesson we are going to be reading Psalm 19.
[Pause here and go read that 15 verse Psalm. Cue Jeopardy theme...]
Did you read it? Seriously…did you read Psalm 19 and meditate on it? I could make life easier for you and just include the text in this post, but part of me is feeling feisty today so no easy way out for you. I want you to actually open your Bible to read the scripture text. Online or on your smartphone is fine, just read the text.
O.K…I’m ready to move on…
I read Psalm 19 yesterday and started jotting down some teaching points for the class. I wrote a couple questions that I want to ask. I mulled over how the discussion might go. I started anticipating some questions my students might ask. But I got stuck on what the psalmist was doing. Not stuck on how I want to teach this Psalm and the topic of confession, but I got stuck because of what it was saying to ME.
[Scripture has a funny way of doing that sometimes.]
In verses 1 – 6 I hear the psalmist saying how awesome God is. When you look around you can’t help but see the majesty of God. You can’t help but see the awesome power of God; written in the sky and in all of creation. God is so worthy of our worship and praise. And this I know, but when someone makes you stop and pay attention; it hits you…again.
In verses 7 – 11 I hear the psalmist singing the praises of God for how awesome His Law is. God’s Law is right and just and perfect and trustworthy and radiant and pure and righteous and sure and…(I’m sure we could go on and on). God’s Law is precious and worthy to be followed and obeyed. And this I know, but once again it is being held up before my eyes as I see it anew.
Last but not least, the psalmist confesses his sins in verses 12-13. And in verse 14 I am captured by these words: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” A statement pointing to the psalmist’s humility before God.
Wow…is this where I am at when I come before God confessing my sins?
If God is not awesome and worthy in your sight what motivation is there to confess anything. Confession can’t be a checklist item. It can’t be something done out of coercion. Confession of sins needs to be a humbling and heartfelt act of worship before a holy and gracious God. If it is anything less than that we are just fooling ourselves (and definitely not fooling God). Basically…you got to want it.
The power of God’s awesome forgiveness can only be known through a heartfelt sense of our unworthiness and sinfulness. Look around. God is everywhere. God’s glory is being proclaimed through creation. Meditate on that. Meditate on the fact that you do not deserve forgiveness, but because of Jesus forgiveness is offered.
Wow…that is amazing! That is Good News!
So…have you read Psalm 19 yet? Do it. Confess for your sins. And know God’s forgiveness through Jesus Christ our risen Lord and Savior.
The pastor -|—