When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long… Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity…and you forgave the guilt of my sin.Psalm 32:3, 5
The psalmist admits the pain of hidden sin. Every one of us, of course, is familiar with the reality of our secret sins. The people around us each day may be none the wiser, but our God sees and knows all. The psalmist confesses the weight and groaning he suffered, knowing himself to be unrighteous and yet pretending otherwise. It’s exhausting living that kind of double life, isn’t it? Were the psalm to stop there, we’d have little hope. But it continues. There is One who is faithful and just to forgive.
What if you confess a hidden sin to someone who then will not forgive you? This is a very real possibility. The comfort the psalmist gives us is that our Lord promises His unfailing love will surround us (v. 10). We are counted among the blessed (v. 1) because our faithful Lord forgives those who confess their sins. We can delight in the freedom of forgiveness.
Hidden sin will eat away at the core of our being, robbing us of our strength. Instead, confess, be cleansed and restored. And count your blessings!
We are called to confess our sin to a gracious and forgiving God who has already paid the price for it.