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A Season of Psalms: Psalm 32: 1-5,11

Psalm 32:1-5,11

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. 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. 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…Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

English Standard Version (ESV)

Jack Bauer is a fictional character from the TV show 24. Jack’s mission is to protect the United States from any and every threat, using whatever means necessary. I’ve watched all eight seasons of 24 and it’s an excellent show if you like action, fisticuffs, explosions, car chases, etc. However, the show contains some rather graphic scenes of torture, as Jack tortures terrorists and subversives within an inch of their lives to get the information he needs to help save America.

The concealing of David’s sin tortured his soul. Notice verse 3, that when David kept his sin hidden, it agonized him physically. His bones wasted away through his groaning. The weight of his sin felt as though a heavy hand was pressing upon him, and his strength waned. This is what unconfessed sin does to us. Not only does it hurt us, but it erects a barrier between us and God. Have you wondered why your prayers go unanswered and you’re not receiving the favor of God? Check your heart. Think of sin as a curtain in your home: as you stand by a window on a summer’s day, you bask in the sun and it warms you. Close the curtain and the warmth stops. Is it because the sun has stopped shining? No, but because something has come between you and the sun. You can again feel the warmth of the sun by opening the curtain and letting in the light. When we open the curtains of our heart to God through confession of our sin and repentance, we let his light in and we can “be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous…and shout for joy (v. 11).”

Are you feeling the weight of unconfessed sin in your life? Can I encourage you to draw back the curtain of your heart today and let His light in?

Further Reading: Luke 11:33-36; 1 John 1:9, 3:1-6

Pray with me:

Lord Jesus, shine Your light into our hearts. Show us where we have harbored sin and failed to repent of it. Cleanse me today, Lord, from all unrighteousness and renew a right spirit within me. This is my prayer in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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