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. Psalm 32 1-5

Have you ever felt the weight of a hidden sin? Because all men do wrestle with sin, there is a good chance you know exactly what this feels like. I recently heard from a man who had a secret addiction that was exposed because he was caught. As difficult as it became to deal with the aftermath, he said there was a significant relief in being found out. Even his worst days of being exposed were better than his best days of hiding this sin. The word for this comfort, as the psalmist points out, is blessed.

Why is it blessed to share your dark deeds? Confession is a necessary component of God’s forgiveness. We surely never earn His mercy, but we can either accept it or reject it. Jesus said it this way to the Pharisees, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” The irony was the Pharisees would not confess sin despite being full of it. Those who did repent were healed. Stop hiding and start exposing. Let God forgive you and lay your burden down.

DO THIS TODAY: Acknowledge your sin to God.