“How blessed is the person whose rebellion is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 How blessed is the person whose guilt the Lord does not charge against him, in whose spirit there is no deceit. 3 When I kept silent, my bones wasted away as I groaned all day long.
4 For day and night your hand was heavy on me. My moisture was dried up by the droughts of summer. 5 I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover up my guilt. I said, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord,” and you forgave the guilt of my sin.” Psalm 32:1-5 (EHV)
Sometimes hiding is a bad thing, isn’t it? Hiding dirt under the rug. Hiding dirty clothes under the bed. Hiding income from the IRS. Hiding the truth from your spouse. Hiding problems from those who can help. Hiding sins from God. (Or, more accurately, trying to hide sins from God.) This kind of hiding is a bad thing. In the end, such hiding comes back to haunt us.
The dirt under the rug doesn’t go away; it gets ground into the rug and damages the floor. The dirty clothes under the bed don’t clean themselves; instead the dirt and stains become embedded and more difficult to remove. Income hidden from the IRS results in hefty fines. The truth hidden from your spouse eats away at the relationship. Hiding problems from those who can help does nothing but allow them to fester and grow. And hiding sins from God? They end up haunting you spiritually, emotionally, even physically.
In Psalm 32 David reveals what happened when he tried to hide his sins of adultery and murder from God. “When I kept silent, my bones wasted away as I groaned all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy on me.” In the end nothing good comes from hiding things from God. We can relate, can’t we? We have been there too, haven’t we? Sins tucked away and hidden. Guilt grinding away at our souls. Sinful desires becoming even more deeply embedded and eating away at our relationships. The longer we keep these things hidden, the more they fester, the more they grow, the more they haunt us.
Instead of hiding our sins, there is another way, a better way, a God-given way. David reveals this as well: “I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover up my guilt. I said, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord,” and you forgave the guilt of my sin.” Not only did David experience the depths of despair brought on by his failed cover-up, he also experienced the joy of forgiveness that came through confession. In the end David knew and embraced this truth: “How blessed is the person whose rebellion is forgiven, whose sin is covered. How blessed is the person whose guilt the Lord does not charge against him, in whose spirit there is no deceit.”
This blessing of forgiveness is also ours—through Jesus. What a relief! What a joy! Our sins are forgiven! They are covered! The Lord does not count them against us! Because our Savior Jesus has already accounted for them. Why try to save face before God by hiding our sins? He already knows, and he already sent Jesus. Rather than trying to cover-up our sins, know that he has already covered up our sins with Jesus’ perfect blood.
— Pastor Gartner
Worship Service Time Change:
Sunday September 9th we will be going back to our regular worship schedule of 8:00am and 10:30am with Sunday School and Adult Bible Class between the two services.
The final week for getting your pictures taken for the new church pictorial directory will be Tuesday through Saturday, September 18-22. Weekday times are from 2:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturdays are from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The link to register and sign-up for a time is below. You will also be able to schedule a time before and after our worship services. There are only a few slots left for pictures -- so please sign up soon.
We also need people to help check in the people as they come to get their pictures taken. If you can donate a few hours of your time to help in this area, please sign up on the sheet on the back counter.
Sunday School Helpers:
We are still in need of some Sunday School helpers. If you can help out in any way, please speak to Pastor Frey.
Adult Bible Class:
Eveyone is invited to join us for our new Bible Classes that will be starting this weekend. Pastor Frey will be leading the Sunday morning class on Prayer. Pastor Gartner will be leading the Monday morning class at 8:00am and Tuesday night at 5:30pm on the book of Ephesians. May the Lord lead all of us to grow in our faith through the use of these Bible class opportunities.
Ladies Lunch and Bible Study:
All ladies of the congregation are welcome to a light lunch, Bible study, LWMS updates and fellowship on Tuesday, September 11 at noon in the lower level of church. Moms are welcome to bring children. Please sign the sheet in the entryway if you plan to attend.