“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 continues in Psalm 32:
“I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.”Psalms 32:5
Acknowledge sin. Do not hide sin, but acknowledge sin. God sees your sin for exactly what it is, so fear Him, and own it all. Confess your sins to God and receive forgiveness.
Really there are two options laid before you. Seek to ignore and conceal your sins, or confess and forsake them.
In looking first at ignoring and concealing our sin, recognize that sin cannot be concealed, and it is folly to think otherwise. God is all-seeing and all-knowing. Concealing sin therefore only solves temporary problems for us, but nothing ultimate. Those temporary solutions may be numerous. We may be living in such a way that telling the truth at this point has serious earthly ramifications. Consequences for sin exist.
Look at the author of this Psalm. David sinned by committing fornication with Bathsheba while her husband Uriah fought in battle for David’s army. Subsequently, David had Uriah killed in battle. These great sins, adultery and murder, were forgiven by God, not imputed to David’s account. Still, David saw consequences for such wickedness. His child was killed and civil war broke out in his kingdom, to name a couple of these consequences.
The reality that the Christian recognizes is that there are far greater consequences than any earthly consequence if we conceal our sin here on earth.
If we refuse to acknowledge our sin on earth it will all be laid bare, and kept in our account, on the Day of Judgment before the throne of Almighty God. Concealing sin does not ultimately work, for all will be made plain.
Sin also cannot be ignored. Sin cannot be ignored because of its power and destructive nature, as we already looked at. Sin also cannot be ignored because God is a holy and just God. Because this is reality, we must recognize that all sin requires payment. God will be just.
In confession we are taking hold of the promise of God’s forgiveness for sins offered through Christ, but if we fail to confess it, if we instead ignore sin, we are not doing that which God prescribed as the way we take hold of such promises. When we ignore our sin we declare God to be less than who He is. By our actions we declare that forgiveness will come to us apart from a payment for sins.
If you think you have right relationship with the holy God while you live with sins you are refusing to confess, you are blaspheming God. By your thoughts and actions you are declaring that God is less than holy and less than just. You are declaring that a sinner can stand in God’s holy temple with sin that has not been covered, and this is far from the truth.
So sin cannot be concealed, and it cannot be ignored.
You cannot ignore your covetous thoughts. You cannot ignore dysfunctional family relationships and dynamics because of your neglect or your anger. You cannot conceal your lusts. You cannot conceal your cowardice in failing to rise to the occasions to which God has called you.
No, you must instead confess and forsake your sins. Confess your sins to God as exactly what they are, and turn from them.