Of David. A maskil. 1 Happy the sinner whose fault is removed, whose sin is forgiven.
Happy those to whom the LORD imputes no guilt, in whose spirit is no deceit.
As long as I kept silent, my bones wasted away; I groaned all the day.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength withered as in dry summer heat. Selah
Then I declared my sin to you; my guilt I did not hide. I said, “I confess my faults to the LORD,” and you took away the guilt of my sin. Selah
Thus should all your faithful pray in time of distress. Though flood waters threaten, they will never reach them.
You are my shelter; from distress you keep me; with safety you ring me round. Selah
I will instruct you and show you the way you should walk, give you counsel and watch over you.
Do not be senseless like horses or mules; with bit and bridle their temper is curbed, else they will not come to you.
Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but love surrounds those who trust in the LORD.
Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you just; exult, all you upright of heart.
I got assigned this Psalm as a pennance during my last confession. It really speaks to the coming season of Lent– regenerating our hearts in the Lord! I plan to reflect upon my sins– pick one or two categories on which to really work this Lent, and cast them up to God. Lent is one of my favorite times of the liturgical year, because the traditions and sacraments we recieve during this time REALLY help develop the relationship between God and Man.
I’m looking forward to weekly Stations of the Cross, to the increased opportunities for Confession and Reconciliation, for daily Lenten prayer services. I am looking forward to sitting in a quiet church and saying the Rosary, and looking forward to attending Adoration. I am excited to have my CCD class work on their Self-Inventory worksheets, and teach them about penance and sacrifice in the name of the Lord.
Psalm 32 is really such a seasonally appropriate reading! It really speaks to the heart of the Lenten season!
(In not-completely-unrelated news, I’ve been thinking that ‘Selah’ might be a really good middle name for a baby. From what I understand, it is a Hebrew word meaning “pause and listen for God”).