Positioned gracefully across the Book of Psalms is a string of seventy-one pearls, lovely beads of wisdom followed by the admonition SELAH which means, “Pause, think on these things, meditate.”
Psalm 32:1-4 “Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit. When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Selah.”
This is a pearl of great truth. There’s nothing so liberating as a clear conscience. You can go anywhere, do anything, look anyone straight in the eye . . . no problem.
On the other hand, a guilty conscience, now that’s something else again. There’s that nagging fear that someone will find out—and the certain fear that God already knows.
The whole world longs for peace. But there is no peace for those who insist on covering up their guilt. The weight of oppression bears down on them, like a millstone grinding grain or crushing corn. The big squeeze.
Look up: Psalm 69:5; 51:1-19; Isaiah 48:22; Proverbs 28:13