I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”; And You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah. Psalm 32:5
Everyone sins. We are guilty as hell, and a punishment must be enacted. There are a variety of options when it comes to dealing with our sin. We can ignore it, conceal it, deny its existence, or confess and deal with it. Following the plan laid out in this passages displays the beautiful design of God’s resolution to our problem of sin.
The first thing we need to do is acknowledge that our sin exists. When we hide and refuse to admit our sin, we are only fooling ourselves. Our sin is no surprise to God.
The next step is confession. Confession is agreeing that my actions are not in agreement with God’s standard and that I have failed. Confession is what restores my life with God’s and opens His best plan for my life. My pride is what keeps me from turning back to God, but confession opens the door to forgiveness.
As hard as it may be, addressing our failures head-on is healthy. God knows our weaknesses and intentionally sent Jesus to pay the debt for us. If we ask, He is willing forgive and gently lead us back, even though we are guilty as hell.
The closing word “Selah” is an unfamiliar word to most people. Selah was used in poetry to solicit a pause for meditation. I invite you to do the same.
What sin in your life is blocking or limiting God? What relationship is sucking the life out of you? When was the last time you let go and forgave others? Selah.