“Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy” [Proverbs 28:13]
Sadly the word prosper has, in many circles, come to mean financial success, but actually the word means far more than this. The word prosperous comes from a Latin word meaning “doing well,” and includes to flourish physically, grow strong and healthy, and to be successful.
Our text today makes it clear that concealed sin hinders prosperity. If you have concealed sin in your life you will not be able to grow strong and healthy spiritually. David writes about this in dramatic style in Psalm 32:1-5
“Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them
and in whose spirit is no deceit. When I kept silent, my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.’ And you forgave the guilt of my sin.”
Do you see how David suffered, both physically and emotionally, as long as he concealed and kept silent about his sin, but when he confessed it to the Lord he found freedom and forgiveness. David uses the words “confesses and renounces.” To renounce means to abandon them and not to do them any longer. When we do that God shows us mercy, and doesn’t treat us with the judgment that our sins deserve!
Many men especially struggle with the sin of looking at pornography. An elder of a church came to me and shared with me his struggle in this area. We prayed together. Twelve years later he shared publicly in a meeting about that time, and said that ninety percent of the deliverance came when we prayed. There was a battle over the last ten percent and that took a little longer before freedom came, but it was total freedom, release and forgiveness. God sees our secret sins that we think we can hide, but has made for us a way of escape.
Are there secret sins in your life that you know are there but try to hide? Will you bring them to the light, confess and renounce them, and find freedom from the bondage that these sins bring
According to Psalm 32:1-5 what were the specific effects of the sins that David tried to cover up in his life?