Verse of the Day Devotion: Psalm 32:5
“I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I did not hide; I said, I will confess my transgressions to the LORD; And You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah.” – Psalm 32:5
This verse can be an incredible comfort to us whenever we sin. In earlier verses, we see how blessed the person is who God has forgiven. “How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven; Whose sin is covered!” Psalm 32:1. We who are Christians and have truly repented and committed our lives completely to Christ have been forgiven. We could not do anything on our behalf, all we could do was accept the work He did on the cross. And David next goes further in that our sin is not even charged against us. “How blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit!” Psalm 32:2 He has pardoned us completely, we are no longer charged as guilty.
David then speaks about what it was like to attempt to keep silent. “When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away Through my groaning all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. Selah.” Psalm 32:3-4. There was no peace in his life when he kept it all in him. He speaks of God’s work in bringing him to the place where He finally brings it all out. Note the wording, “my body wasted away tthrough my groaning all day long.” And also, “For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me,” We do not know the specific circumstances that brought him to this point, however, it is easy to see that it was heavy on him.
However, he finally chooses to bring it to God and not try to hide it anymore. We see this in our focus verse. “I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”; And You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah.” Psalm 32:5. He admitted to himself that he could no longer keep silent about this, so he confessed it to God. And what did God do? He forgave him. And you can tell from the verses that follow David was at peace with God again.
I have found that in my life, if I slip up and fall into sin, it is so much better to admit to having done it, confessing it to God, and then working with Him to not fail Him again. Unfortunately, I am still not perfect, I will not lie. However, I know my heart yearns for His ways and immensely desires to please Him in all I do. I have learned that it is better to acknowledge my failure to Him and ask for His abounding forgiveness. He knows everything anyway, so it is impossible for me to hide it from Him, so I might as well confess it. Sometimes I simply confess it with all honesty, and sometimes I weep in the process. But after I call on Him, a peace comes upon me, and I then move on, for I know He has, in the words of David, He forgave the guilt of my sin.
I want to encourage everyone that when you recognize you have sinned, just bring it before God. Do not try to keep it a secret, for God already knows. And the fact He knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10), He knew you would do it and He will forgive. So, come clean, confess the transgression to God. And He will forgive you and remove the guilt from you. Believe me, it will bring much peace into your life.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.