The Dog Days of Summer occur when “our strength is sapped as in the heat of summer” (Psalm 32:4). When it has been sapped we experience it at all levels: physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Throughout the Psalms, we discover the sappers of our soul. In Psalm 32, it is guilt. God’s greatest blessing is that of forgiveness, to know we do not have to be someone we are not or do something we are not capable of. The only way to experience the blessing of this forgiveness is through confession. “I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord:’ And you forgive the the guilt of my sin.” When we know what we have been forgive of, guilt has this way of setting in. When it does it will sap our souls of its strength.