“Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.”Psalm 32:9
Horses and mules are strong, capable animals. But if you’ve ever owned one, you know they can be stubborn. Directing them in the way they should go may require force: bits, bridles, and sometimes even a whip (as Proverbs 26:3 says).
Psalm 32 teaches us that if we are like stubborn animals about confessing our sins, we too will feel the force of God’s correction. Sometimes we ignore this fact, thinking our sin is something we can keep to ourselves. That’s what David thought at first, too.
David tells us that when he didn’t repent and acted as though it was okay to wander from God’s path, he soon felt the correcting hand of his master. And it hurt. He felt as though his very bones were wasting away as God put the pressure on him. His “strength was sapped as in the heat of summer” (v. 4).
It was not a good experience, but it taught David a lesson that we too must learn: don’t cover your sins; confess them. When you do, you’ll find forgiveness. And with forgiveness you will find blessedness and the restoration of joy.
Why hide your sins from God when He’s already covered them with Christ’s blood on the cross?