This one year study thru the Bible for kids is designed to hit the highlights and provide practical application. I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (Psalm 32) while we focus in on just a few verses.
Background: The book of Psalms was written by at least 7 authors. It expresses a range of human emotions from praise to God in good times, fear of enemies in bad times, guilt, anger and an overriding confidence in God’s goodness, majesty and power. In Psalm 32 David describes how unconfessed sin in his life caused him to lose everything.
Ask the children…
What did David lose due to unconfessed sin?
“When I refused to confess my sin,
my body wasted away,
and I groaned all day long.” (Psalm 32:3)
Beyond the physical pain that David felt, what happened David’s relationship with God due to unconfessed sin?
“Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.
My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.” (Psalm 32:4)
David felt God’s heavy hand on him rather than the gentle nurture of God. What happened when David finally confessed his sins to God?
“Finally, I confessed all my sins to you
and stopped trying to hide my guilt.
I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.”
And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.” (Psalm 32:5)
How amazing it is that no matter who bad our sin is, God is always willing and able to forgive our sin. Why can He do that? Because Jesus died on the cross for all our sins past, present and future. When God forgave David, He was looking forward to the future event (from our perspective) of His Son’s death on the cross that provided the forgiveness for David’s sin committed 1,500 years before. That is mind blowing but true.
Ask your children if there is any unconfessed sin in their lives that is eating away at them? If there is, help them confess those sins to God right now so they can experience forgiveness, freedom from guilt and renewed fellowship with God. Remind them that they can do this any time they sin. And sin will happen in our lives. Don’t leave it rotting and unconfessed.
Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
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