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My Song of Psalm 32

A few days a week, I'll number 1-10 in my journal, read a Psalm, and record 10 things found in the text for which I'm thankful. Today's was especially encouraging to me, so I wanted to share here.
(FYI, I write this list TO God; He's the recipient, hence the uppercase usage of the second person).

1. I have the joy of forgiveness!
2. My nature was sinful and disobedient, but now because of Jesus, that is put out of sight. That's not what You see when You look at me!
3. My record has been cleared through Christ!
4. Only You know the true extent of that record, and now I can live in honest acceptance with You, God!
5. You call me to confession for my own benefit--my spiritual, physical, and emotional benefit. I feel the weight removed and the peace that comes from being in a right relationship with You.
6. You are patient and give people time to come to You.
7. You don't desire anyone to perish.
8. While the turmoil of this world surrounds me, sometimes even effecting me, You are simultaneously surrounding me with Your love. Even when it is really bad--when it feels like I may drown, You won't let me drown.
9. Eternal victory is my hope, which Your Spirit within me sings to me as a reminder.
10. But You are not only concerned with the eternal after life; You also care about my present. You are near. You will advise the best steps, the best paths if I ask You. You don't want to control me like a horse with a bit in its mouth (though you surely could). Instead, your love surrounds me. It's the only thing that can never fail.

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