“1Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 5 I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.” – Psalms 32:1, 5 (ESV)
Chaos can erupt in a moment like a spring thunderstorm on a clear day. One moment the world is beautiful, calm, and full of life. The next moment – literally – all hell seems to be breaking loose. In these moments when the chaos seems to come from nowhere and is likely self-inflicted by our sin, what do we do? Where do we turn to find life, in chaos?
There is not just one thing “to do,” but I believe there is a first step that leads to all other actions through which God provides life in the midst of our sin. What is this first step?
CONFESS your sin to God and REST in His forgiveness and acceptance.
Ask God to help you trust that you are covered in the mercy of God’s presence because
He has taken all his anger and justice out on Jesus.
Thunderstorms are crazy scary when you are in the middle of one – exposed to the wind, rain, and lightening. They are more than scary; they can be deadly. We move our feet with great speed if we think we are about to get caught out in the open. The fear we feel is real and legitimate. Our heart pounds as we run for … cover. Crazier still – it is amazing how we often watch storms from the cover of a house. As adults, most of us don’t fear storms when we are under cover.
God says to us through David in Ps 32:1 that we find joy (blessed) when our sin is covered (in Christ’s work).
He further says to us through David in Ps 32:5 – don’t try to cover your own sin by your own work. Christ is our Cover from God’s judgment and justice. In Him, we are safe. Christ is also our Cover that brings us into God’s presence. In Ps 32:7 David, speaking from experience, says this about God as our Covering, “You are a hiding place for me … you surround me.” We find safety and the love of God’s presence as we rest in His covering. Today if you find yourself in chaos in the sinfulness of your heart – confess and rest in the Covering – Our Covering. It is from this place that we know the LIFE that moves us toward obedience from disobedience, and moves us from chaos to peace with God and with others.