OPENNESS TO GOD
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”
This psalm of David is a penitential psalm, or one of confession and forgiveness. It calls to mind the blessedness of being forgiven for our sins and transgressions when we come to God, hiding nothing and bearing all to Him.
As Christians we sometimes forget that confession of sin is a vital spiritual discipline all must practice. It is not an option but a command as James 5:16 exhorts us to confess our sins to one another and to pray for one another.
Further, it is an actual reflection and display of how much we know of God’s character. When we know that our Heavenly Father is forgiving, merciful, and slow to anger, does this knowledge change the way we confess our sins? Of course!
It is in deeply knowing that God extends grace and mercy to us that we can fully confess our dark sins and our dirty deeds. When we would rather keep silent or keep it hidden it our secrets is when the power of that sin has all the more control over our lives.
David shared in vv.3-4, “For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.”
Do we realize that it is far more detrimental to us to keep sin covered rather than to release it unto the light? We lose our spiritual vitality since the sin that we cannot let go of breaks our fellowship with God. Our very lives are put on hold because we cannot move forward but actually get tugged behind because of the sins we have yet to let go of.
The Lord’s hand was heavy upon David until he came to a point of brokenness, humility, and surrender. He realized that it is far more blessed to be free of sin than to be captured by it.
The Psalm ends with a statement that the Lord will himself guide any sinner who has surrendered himself and confessed his sin to God. With the Lord’s eye on that person, he is ready to counsel, lead, and aid whoever is humble enough to follow.
The Lord’s eye is upon you this day, searching through your heart and your mind. Are you hiding any sin away from Him when He already knows of it? What’s stopping you from confessing it and letting the grace and mercy of God embrace you once again?
Meditate on this verse today:
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9