When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Psalm 32:3-4 NIV
Some time ago, a pastor referred to the Holy Spirit as “the hound of Heaven.” He was making an analogy to describe how the Holy Spirit brings us under conviction. It seems like there are many times that we need to “unload” before God. It’s not quite the same as getting things off our chest, as is commonly said. And it goes beyond rote confessions.
What I’m talking about here is releasing burdens that people carry themselves, rather than casting them onto the Lord. A case in point occurred some years ago in my own life. I grew up hating my father and didn’t realize that it was squelching joy that the Lord wanted me to release.
It wasn’t until reading Psalm 32:3-4 that I realized that I was the one being hurt. My dad probably knew that I had animosity toward him. But such hard feelings blocked my ability to see and to receive God’s love in my life.
It was a great day in my life when the Lord gave me instructions that released my hatred for my dad. The release not only brightened my life but his as well. My only disappointment was that I hadn’t made that move of forgiveness earlier in life.
So, what are you holding onto that the Lord wants to take from you? He doesn’t bear them but rather dissolves them. They no longer exist and could never return to haunt you, provided you release them once and for all.