Based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Growing in Grace is a blog by Pastor Matthew Molesky. His posts explore the Bible, theology, ecclesiology, culture, books, family, and life.

Undercover

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Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, 
      whose sin is covered. 
            2       Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, 
      and in whose spirit there is no deceit. 
            3       For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away 
      through my groaning all day long. 
            4       For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; 
      my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah 
            5       I acknowledged my sin to you, 
      and I did not cover my iniquity; 
                  I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” 
      and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah (Ps. 32:1-5)

Many of us can relate to David's testimony. When we sin, our most common response is to cover that sin. We don't want people to know. We don't want God to know (good luck with that, he's omniscient). We think keeping it undercover is the best move.

The unfortunate thing is that it doesn't work. 

When we keep silent about our sin, it only gets worse. David is vivid in his testimony - transgressions covered cause him to waste away and groan all the day. He feels the hand of God heavy upon him. He becomes a desert soul - wandering in the wasteland of the increasing burden of his sin, his strength dried up just as it would be if he were forced to constantly carry a heavy burden in the heat of summer, separated from the very One he needs. This path brings no satisfaction. No relief.

Can you relate? I am betting you can. We've all been where David is. We've all tried to cover sin with the same, sorry results. So what is the Bible's ironic lesson through David?

The only way to cover sin is to uncover it.

Do you see?

David:

"When I acknowledged my sin to God, and when I did not try to cover it up and fell to my knees and cried out to God, 'Yahweh, here is my sin. Here are the ways I've disobeyed.' You know what happened? He forgave the sin of my sin! He forgave my transgressions! He no longer counted my iniquity against me! And he truly covered my sin!" (Ps. 32:5, 2)

There it is. Bible logic, amazing grace. David stops covering his sin, and God covers his sin.

So the next time you are tempted to cover your sin, remember, the only way to truly cover your sin is to uncover your sin.

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Between Two Ages

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