Pastor Ronnie McDougall : Praying Your Guilt

All the Feels · 35:33 · Recorded April 10, 2022

Praying Your Guilt

Psalm 51 (NIV) 1Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.3For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. 4Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. 5Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

6Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. 7Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. 8Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. 9Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.10Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.11Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.12Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.14Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness. 15Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise.16You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.17My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.18May it please you to prosper Zion, to build up the walls of Jerusalem.19Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous, in burnt offerings offered whole; then bulls will be offered on your altar.

What is Guilt?

Psalm 38:4 (NIV) My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.

Guilt is actually a warning light.

The Result:

We hide from ourselves, others, and God.

Genesis 3:7-11 (NLT) 7At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.8When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. 9Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” 10He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.” 11“Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?”

The Solution:

We choose to walk by faith not sight.

2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV) For we live by faith, not by sight.

Sight = I Blame others for where I am today.

Faith = I Own what I have done & confess it.

Psalm 32:4-5 (NIV) For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.

Sight = I believe that I am what I have done.

Faith = I daily remind myself of how God sees me.

Galatians 3:26 (NIV) In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.

Sight = I continue to hide from myself, others, and God.

Faith = Accept the greater truth and live in the light.

John 3:21 (NIV) But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.


We all label ourselves – for the good and bad. Take a minute and jot down the labels people attach to themselves, both positive and/or negative.

As you think of your own labels, can you look back at your life and see where they came from? If so, explain. Because of our guilt and shame, we all fall into the trap of hiding. Would you say you tend to hide the most from yourself, others or God?

Read Psalms 32:3-5. How do the following Scriptures help encourage us to not hide, but be honest and move confidently toward God?

Parents: Read Psalms 30:4-5. Have each family member share a moment that made them sad, and then how long it took for them to be happy. (Grown ups can go first to share an example for the little ones.)

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