Why not call it sin and be done with it?

  • Psalm 32:1, 5 (NKJV) Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered.
  • 5 I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” And You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

King David’s terrible sin is common knowledge. The whole sordid affair (staying home when he should have been leading his army, committing adultery with a married woman—the wife of one of his officers, having the husband murdered, etc.) is a sad, sad chapter in the life of David.

What most people do not know is that for almost nine months David tried to cover up the fact of his sin. It was not until the prophet Nathan confronted him that he crumbled, repented, and received forgiveness.

For nine long months David tried to live as if there was no sin in his life. During that time he lived in misery. Later he described it this way: “My bones grew old through my groaning all the day long, my vitality was turned into the drought of summer.” (32:3-4)

David is not alone in this habit of not acknowledging sin. Why is it that we’d rather live under the condemnation and penalty of breaking the moral laws of God instead of acknowledging our guilt, repenting and being forgiven by a loving and ready-to-forgive Father God?

  • The ONE THING for today: Just call it what it is-sin; repent and be restored to the presence of God where there is forgiveness and peace (shalom).


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