“6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”Romans 4:6-8
David starts by mentioning this blessing of forgiveness, and then spends the rest of Psalm 32 laying out how he took hold of such a blessing. Verse 1 and 2 are what Paul quotes in our text in Romans:
“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.”Psalms 32:1-2
And we will talk more about these verses shortly.
“When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.”Psalms 32:3-4
David knew what sin was, he knew his specific sin, and he knew and what it deserved. At the same time, he was refusing to confess it. David was hurting himself through his own lack of confession. Sin was eating away at him, gnawing at his conscience. He describes this conviction of sin as his bones wasting away.
For the Christian, there is pain in not confessing sin. A pain at the thought of displeasing God our Father, and a fear in knowing who He is and therefore what is owed for our sin. Unconfessed sin should weigh heavily upon our hearts. Displeasing our Master should always weigh heavily upon our hearts.
And allowing sin to fester is a dangerous thing. Doing so denies sin’s power as well as our own sinfulness. Sin wants to plunge you into despair. It is a tool of the enemy; and it wants your throat.
Sin doesn’t think about sin the way you do.
You think about it as a fun excursion off the paths toward heaven, a quick indulgence of your lusts and then back to the grind of Christianity. You think it a harmless or at least a manageable thing to be unfaithful in your marriage bed through your lustful thoughts and your lustful actions.
You indulge in illicit images and fill your mind with all perverseness with an expectation in your heart that when you determine it is time to continue walking with Christ you will simply turn around, see the path you had left, hop on and walk after Jesus.
The problem is that sin does not work this way. Sin leads straight to death, and it puts you on that trajectory from the outset. It is more like looking off the Christian path and seeing a raging river. Jumping in this river would be to indulge the flesh, to pursue whatever lust has your attention at that moment. Jumping in is having that gossipy conversation with a friend. Jumping in is lying to cover a mistake you made at work or at home. Jumping in is indulging in bitterness toward others as you feed your own entitlement or self-righteousness.
But jumping in sends you immediately down a tumultuous path, and when (or rather if) you make it to a shoreline safely, you will not be at the place you left off on the pathway. No, you will instead be in a wilderness. Sinning does not lead us into a trap, sin is the trap. Once we are in sin, we are in the snare of the Devil, and we must flee.
This is what sin does, sin leads to death. We too often think little of the power of sin.
Sin wants your blood, sin wants your misery. Sin brings forth death.
In Your fight against sin, remind yourself continually of the surety of death which is brought about by sin. When you are tempted, preach objective truth to your own heart. Be saturated with Scripture so that you know God’s will as well as how to fight sin. When your lusts tell you otherwise, preach to yourself the destruction brought about through sin and the life that is found in obeying God by faith.
And also, know that repentance does set us right back on the path with God. The problem isn’t in the sufficiency of repentance and the full reconciliation it brings with God, the problem is our presuming upon the gift of such repentance.
If repentance is a gift from God (and it is), then you should never assume you will receive the gift again and again as you indulge in sin. Instead, covet the gift of repentance, thank God continually for it, and walk in it.
Allowing sin to go unconfessed also denies our own sinfulness, for we willingly run the risk of growing callous towards our sin. Oh would God spare us and preserve us. May we not be among those who grow callous in our sins and no longer have a conscience that even feels a waxing old in conviction of sin.
David sees his conviction as from the hand of God, and we must do the same. Conviction is from God, it is a grace in itself. See it as such, and therefore learn to love it. Embrace conviction. Receive it. Don’t do so blindly. Don’t receive every rebuke or admonishment without discerning what is true through careful weighing in the Scriptures. But when that work is done, embrace conviction and do with it what David did. Do not allow for the day to come when you are callous towards such conviction.
On this note, do you have the type of people in your life who are willing to call you out on your sin? If you sinned against your spouse, would there be someone to confront you and hold you accountable? This is one of the glorious purposes of the church. We are to pursue righteousness with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. You need to have the kind of friends that hold you accountable to living a godly life; this is God’s design, for our own hearts are deceitful. Also, be this kind of friend to others.
This is one of God’s greatest gifts for leading us to repentance. We love to justify our sins, but others can often see our sins much more plainly.