the heavy hand

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Psalm 32:3-5

Psalm 32:3 When I kept silent, my bones wore thin from my groaning all day long

Psalm 32:4 because your hand was heavy on me day and night; my strength was drained as by the summer’s heat. (Selah).

Psalm 32:5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not conceal my violation. I said, “I will confess my crime to Yahveh,” and you forgave the guilt of my sin. (Selah).

the heavy hand

Yesterday I noted that when my wife and I were on the Appalachian Trail last year, I carried most of our weight because my back was stronger. Fortunately I had a well-made backpack, and a stronger back, so the weight was not a major obstacle for me.

No matter how well-made and ultralight a backpack is, however, the weight is still a problem. The longer you walk, the heavier it gets. I was going to say the heavier it seems to get, but that’s not accurate. After weeks on the trail, a backpack actually gets heavier because of the dirt and sweat it accumulates. Because of a combination of the extra weight and the extra fatigue, the pack sometimes felt like a thousand pounds.

David described his unforgiven sin as the heavy hand of God on him, wearing him down. There was a solution to that problem: confession. As long as he kept silent, the weight just got heavier and heavier.

Lord, we are tired of carrying around all this excess baggage. We confess our sins and crimes to you. Free us, heavenly Father.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is a former Christian missionary who now lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. If your church or small group would like to hear Jeff speak, you can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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