Good for the Soul
Tuesday - August 24th
Scripture to Read Today: Psalm 32:1-11
Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord."
And you forgave the guilt of my sin.
King David got too comfortable in the success of his kingdom. In 2 Samuel chapter 11, we read the story of David relaxing on the roof of his palace (probably the highest point in Jerusalem at the time). He relaxed when kings usually went to war with their troops. Some commentators suggest King David was bored, tired, or distracted from his duties. In this restless state, David acted in a way that became harmful to others and self-destructive.
As David looked across his capital city, he saw the image of a beautiful woman bathing on her rooftop. He sent someone to bring her to his palace. He then slept with her. The woman, Bathsheba, notified him that she was expecting. She knew it was the king's baby since her husband was off at war, as David should have been. So, David brought Uriah, Bathsheba's husband, home from war, sent him to spend time with his wife. David hoped Uriah would then believe the child was his.
Uriah believed it was inappropriate for him to sleep with his wife when his fellow soldiers were suffering the hardship of war. Eventually, in frustration, David sent Uriah back to the frontlines with secret instructions for the wicked general, Joab, to position Uriah to be killed in battle. Uriah was killed. David waited the appropriate time of mourning and married Bathsheba. Soon after birth, the baby died. David and Bathsheba were devastated.
The weight of guilt due to David's adultery with Bathsheba, the murder of Uriah, and the cover-up of it all crushed David's spirit. Both Psalm 32 and Psalm 51 record David's expression of his confession to God. David felt the heaviness of his guilt. "When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long" (Psalm 32:3). In verse four, he said, "For day and night your hand was heavy on me." David's conscience could not escape the burden of his guilt.
David confessed his sin. He experienced the refreshing, cleansing forgiveness of God. "Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, 'I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.' And you forgave the guilt of my sin" (Psalm 32:5). David discovered that confession is indeed good for the soul.
When we hold onto sin, believing we can conceal it from God, we only fool ourselves. The guilt we harbor crushes our bones. But, when we agree with God regarding our sin, confess it, and repent of it, we find the same freedom in forgiveness David experienced. Confession is good for the soul. So, what has the Holy Spirit been showing you in your own heart? Is He convicting you of a specific sin? Confess it! Enjoy God's refreshing cleansing!
When the heaviness of guilt weighs us down, confession is good for the soul!