3 When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long. 4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah. 5 I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah (Psalm 32:3-5 NKJV)
Are you living transparently with God and with those who mean the most to you?
Remember the points under discussion this week. We have all sinned, sinned against God, and God alone. He will forgive us of our sins. Only He can. The result of our trust in this…in His mercy through faith is that we can live a blessed life regardless of our circumstance or relationships. This is a great promise and hopeful perspective. Yet we don’t always allow God to forgive us…we either ignore or deny the sin in our life and the consequences are grave.
David describes how terrible it was to keep his sin to himself. His bones wasted away through his groaning all day long. His strength was dried up and the hand of the Lord was heavy upon him. David is describing the burden of the guilt of his sin. His sin is eating at him continually and the guilt is wearing him down.
What does this look like in your lives? Do you carry around sin and the associated pain? Does your conscience keep after you with ever present reminders of the fact you did something you shouldn’t have? Sin hurts us individually and it hurts those we care about. Sin ultimately and initially hurts God!
It’s there for all of us whether it is a sucking chest wound or a mere flesh wound. It doesn’t matter, it’s there. Ignoring sin leads to committing more sins. In fact, what we think of as small sins (flesh wound) grow into more serious sins (sucking chest wounds). For some reason we truly think we can get away with our actions. For some reason we think that since we can hide our sins from one another and from our family, God will not know. This course of action leads to our own spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical destruction.
God is going to work on us to bring the sin to light. He is not going to waiver in this and when we can see the sin and the destruction it is causing, like David did, we will go from “worldly sorrow” to “Godly Sorrow”. World sorrow deals with fear of being exposed or sorrow from being caught. Godly Sorrow comes when we are looking at the Lord and not ourselves and realize we have done all this wickedness to God and we need to make it right.
David is no longer in denial here. He is not looking for the easy way out. He is done trying to fix things. He “acknowledges” and “confesses” his sin and iniquity to God. No more hiding!
This is man’s part. We have to go to God with our sin…no more hiding. God is faithful to do His part…forgive, atone, not impute our sins, transgressions or iniquity upon us.
Let’s change our mind. Let’s not just expect others to “be right” or “make right” or “be exposed” for what they have done, but let’s demonstrate reconciliation in our own lives. We are all exposed…God sees…God hurts…God longs for reconciliation. When we get that right, then our feelings for others go from “being hurt because of” to “hurt for”. Because we want everyone else to feel the same peace/joy we have found…we hurt when we see them languishing in sin like we did. We can endure that kind of hurt. God does.
No more excuses. No more denial. No more trying to hide. No more trying to “fix it”. Acknowledge your sins, confess them, ask God to forgive. You and those most important in your life cannot afford anything less.