Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. | Psalm 32:1-2
We like to portray to the world that we live squeaky clean lives. When did this start? As early as when we were little kids, we wanted to stay in the right standing with our friends, teachers, and parents. Now, I say “portray,” because we ALL know that we mess up all the time!
What was the solution? Without anyone ever teaching us, we started to
“cover things up.”
When you accidentally broke that picture frame while playing catch in the living room, what did you do? Did you fess up about it to your parents? No, you got the bright idea of getting the Elmer’s glue from your art box and “fixing” it before they ever found out.
Of course, the picture frame was more of a goopy mess than a frame by the time you were done with it. As soon as your parents came home from errands or work, you tried to play it cool by hiding in the closet.
Even though you were scared of the dark, you stayed cocooned in isolation, hoping that you could survive this. Palms sweating and heart beating loudly in your ears, you heard the familiar sound of the garage opening and closing. The tell-tale sounds of heavy footsteps against the laminate floor suddenly stop in mid-stride…you didn’t dare breathe…
It didn’t take very long for the parents to find Grandma’s face smothered in a pool of Elmer’s glue, and it certainly didn’t take long for them to find you wide-eyed and running your mouth with the most elaborate excuse worthy of an Oscar…then commenced the punishment that you were oh so desperately trying to avoid.
Okay, maybe you never experienced this, but let’s face it: we have all been in a similar situation like this multiple times throughout our lives!
How often do we SIN against God and try to cover it up?
Guess what it ultimately leads to?
For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. | Psalm 32:3-4
Trying to hide things from God is
I M P O S S I B L E !
He knows everything! Look at Adam and Eve. They sinned against God, and made the bright decision of covering their nakedness with leaves! Trying to keep your sins hidden will never be beneficial to you. Instead, it will always cause more harm.
By not confessing your sins, you only keep yourself enslaved to the sin.
What is the right thing to do? Take David’s advice! He should know since he made pretty big mistakes during his lifetime, but that never kept separated David from the love of God.
I acknowledged my sin to You, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. | Psalm 32:5-6
With confession, there is freedom and forgiveness in Christ!
When we try to “fix” our mistakes, it only causes a bigger mess. Don’t waste your time trying to cover up your sins. Bring it all out on the table to God, and He will show you His mercy and grace.