Cleared of Guilt

Series: For All the People | Week 3: The Guilty

Day One Psalm 32:1-2

1 Oh, what joy for those
whose disobedience is forgiven,
whose sin is put out of sight!
2 Yes, what joy for those
whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt,
whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
– Psalm 32:1-2 (NLT)

1. What three words for sin does David use in these verses?
2. In what three ways does God respond to this sin?
3. What word describes the person who experiences this?

David, the author of this Psalm, uses three words to describe rebellion against God – disobedience, sin, and guilt. Other English translations use words like iniquity, transgression, and deceit, but they all essentially point to the same truth: every one of us has rebelled against God, fallen short of His standard of perfection, and missed the mark of righteousness. As painful as it may be, take a few minutes now to recognize these things in your own life. Where have you been disobedient to God? What sin is causing you guilt? Joy awaits you on the other side of recognizing sin and confessing it to the only One capable of clearing it, forgiving it, and putting it out of sight!

For Families with Kids at Home:
We all fall short of God’s standard of perfection, which means all of us sin. God doesn’t want us to hide our sin; instead, He wants us to bring it to Him so that He can forgive us! Take time today to encourage your kids that they can never do anything so bad that God won’t forgive them.

For All the People