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. 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.
There is a burden, a heaviness, when we do not acknowledge our sin and confess our transgressions to the Lord. David said, “When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.” He said that it was actually God who was the source of the burden! “For day and night your hand was heavy on me…” Sin is a transgression against the Lord and He takes it seriously! We may trifle with temptation and sin, but God does not.
Why does God care about this? I’m not totally clear, but all of God’s actions point to His desire to have a relationship with us. He loves us! And since He cannot/will not co-exist with sin, His love for us moves Him to have a heavy hand on us, bringing burden and suffering to us because of our sin.
Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit. (Psalm 32:1-2)
David said that when he (finally) confessed his sins to God, he was forgiven! The blessing of forgiveness is an unhindered life with God. The Almighty wants this! If only we wanted it a fraction as much as He does… we would be much quicker to repent and receive this blessing.
Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found… (Psalm 32:6)
It was Hudson Taylor who asked, _”Have you repented today?”_ We are graced with the opportunity to daily confess our sin and be free of that burden. Forgiveness granted by the Holy One is a blessing!
Heavenly Father, you are perfect in Your holiness. Sin does not exist with You! Thank You for providing the way for me to walk in relationship with You. Through Jesus, You have provided the salvation from my sin! It is no longer held against me… what a blessing! What freedom! Such grace! My response is to worship. I live for You today.