The Blessing of Confession

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“I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.’ And you forgave the guilt of my sin” (Psalm 32:5, NIV).

What is sin? Simply stated, sin is anything that disappoints God. Sin can be both an act of commission (when we say, do, or think something that disappoints God) or an act of omission (when we know the right thing to do but we purposely don’t do it).

We all sin. Romans 3:23 confirms this. So what do we do to make things better? How can we make right what we’ve done wrong?

Israel’s King David, the writer of this psalm , tells us we can’t just hold it inside. “When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer” (Psalm 32:3–4).

Keeping silent about our sin just makes matters worse. King David knew from personal experience how trying to hide his sin affected not only his mental state, but also his physical body.

We must remember that God knows our sinful hearts. He’s not some giant eye in the sky waiting to hit you with a lightning bolt when you sin. But, because He is all-knowing, He patiently waits for His children to come to Him and confess their sins. We can cry out to our Father and He will spread His arms and embrace us as we confess and ask for the forgiveness that He will never withhold.

Remember verse 2 from last week’s devotional on Psalm 32? “Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit.” The blessing of confession circles back to the blessing of forgiveness. When you confess your sins to our Father, He wipes them out, tosses them as far as the east is from the west, and never, ever counts them against you again.

You—we—are indeed blessed!

Prayer: Dear Father, help me to pray as the psalmist prayed. I confess my sins to You, Lord. I cannot keep silent in Your holy presence. I praise You for cleansing me of my guilt and shame, for forgiving me over and over, for embracing me. Thank You for washing me and making my heart spotless, whiter than snow. Amen.

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