1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. My sin is a massive problem My sin must be confessed To confess my sin I have to acknowledge my sin AND rightly understand its severity and consequence My sin leaves the sentence of death rightly upon me My sin must be cleansed I must be cleansed by the only One that can cleanse unrighteousness I must be cleansed of ALL my unrighteousness When we confess our sin to God, God is faithful to forgive When we confess our sin to God, God is justified in forgiving our sin debt based on our faith in Jesus Christ and His shed Blood Psalm 32:1-11 A Maskil of David. Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Conversely, the one whose sins are not forgiven is condemned Our sin must be covered - but not in a way that we throw a tarp over a mess in the garage - that mess is still there, it's not dealt with The rightly "cover" sin is to covered in the Blood of Christ This covering doesn't "hide" it like a tarp - this covering deals with the "mess" - it cleans it up, it cleanses it thoroughly David could have said, "blessed is the one whose sin is paid for" - the sin debt has been paid, the wrath of God has been satisfied YES! This person is blessed! 2 Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. When we come to the Lord in repentance and faith we are cleansed, the Lord no longer counts our iniquity against us On the other hand, if our coming to the Lord is that of deception - whether we attempt to deceive our-self or God, this comes from a spirit of deceit The Lord looks at the heart - a man of deception, a man that does not truly come to the Lord in repentance and faith, but only lip service, that man is not blessed, but remains condemned 3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah. David emphasizes the importance of "not keeping quiet" - don't keep silent when it comes to your sin Your sin must be dealt with, and to keep silent and pretend it doesn't exist or convince yourself it's not that bad is not the way to deal with it For the Christian there will be a heaviness - the heaviness is the conviction of the Lord David uses some very strong words for this conviction - "bones wasting away", "strength dried up like the heat of summer" This conviction is a blessing from the Lord - this is another example of something being the opposite of what the world would expect. If you told the world, "i feel like my bones are wasting away, there is a burden on me that is draining my energy like a hot summer day" - the world would not think of this as a blessing This conviction is a blessing - it is as if God is saying, "we both know what you did, I know you have no peace and are deeply burdened because of your sin, so quit wasting time and confess it to Me." 5 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. Selah. 6 Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him. 7 You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah. The scariest thought I can imagine is prayer that does not find the throne of Grace - yet David alludes to this reality - there is a time where prayers will not "find God" I don't know when "that time" is - but it is likely a continuance in unrepentant sin Maybe it is an extended time playing the "sin-sorry-sin-sorry-sin-sorry-sin-sorry" game? Maybe there is a point when God shuts off communication for the hypocrite? I know this - we must pray continually - we must confess our sin to God - we must work out our salvation with fear and trembling 8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. 9 Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you. 10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD. 11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! When we confess our sin, when we are cleansed in the Blood of the Lamb; as a child of God, He leads us, He shows the way we should go, He has His eye on us, He counsels us David tells us not be as a wild animal that needs to be forcibly led - so what is the opposite of that? Be a person that delights in submitting to the Lord, a person whose Master does not have to turn and wonder "where they went now", but instead is always at their Masters side ready to be led The person that does this has complete trust in the Lord and the Lord promises steadfast love will surround this person __________________________________________________________________________________ The definition of Selah, from what I read, could be a musical break, it could mean always, it could mean forever - but ultimately it seems uncertain. The definition of maskil, according to limited research I've done, is "a psalm that teaches you something"