Thursday, March 8th, 2012
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
Psalm 32:1-2 (NKJV)
Covered sins can be an amazing miracle or a terrible disaster, depending on who is doing the covering: God or us.
Consider a pressure ulcer (bedsore): 'The surface damage is just the tip of the iceberg; the real damage lies beneath the skin' (HowToCare website). If it is not treated from the inside out, a catastrophic infection can occur--even unto death.
Consider sin to be a pressure ulcer, because sins that we cover spread infection beneath the surface of our lives. If they are not treated from the inside out, a catastrophic poisoning can occur--even unto death. Covering our sins under a facade of normalcy is dangerous hypocrisy.
'When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your Hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was turned into the drought of summer' (Psalm 32:3-4).
This 'silent' and sick man is King David, of whom God says: 'I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My Own Heart, who will do all My will' (Acts 13:22).
What caused God's most beloved king such debilitating depression? Unrepentant silence about his sin of adultery with a faithful officer's wife. Next? An elaborate cover-up that included the officer's murder. The result? A pressure sore in King David's life growing deeper by the day.
The cure? 'I said, 'I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,' and 'You forgave the iniquity of my sin' (Psalm 32:5). David uncovered his sins and repented before the Lord. His potentially fatal wound was aired, cleansed, and healed under the covering of God.
Lessons learned: 'He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy' (Proverbs 28:13), because 'Love covers all sins' (Proverbs 10:12).
David concludes his psalm with a warning and a celebration: 'Do not be like the horse or like the mule, which have no understanding... many sorrows shall be to the wicked' (Psalm 32:9-10).
In other words, don't be stupid. Don't cover up your sins. Confess them, and Jesus Himself will cover you 'With the robe of righteousness' (Isaiah 61:10).
Our amazing reward? 'He who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him. Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!' Psalm 32's conclusion can be our own.