Wrong? Who, Me?
I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden.
Christians love the psalms for the openness and vulnerability they display. But the psalms also reveal for us the "games" we play with God. In this verse, the psalmist demonstrates the directness and personal responsibility we need when we confess our sin.
The psalmist's choice of the words "my iniquity I have not hidden" is interesting and telling. Isn't it amazing that we think we can hide our sin from God? Just imagine the created hiding something from an all-knowing Creator! This verse shows us that our first step to true confession is to stop trying to "hide" our sin—from God and from our spouses.
Around ten o'clock one morning, David and I were in his office planning our evening. I was going to pick him up after work so we could meet our son, Eric, for dinner. David said he'd be finished at 6:30. Well, because of our past experience, I just knew he would be late, so I told him—very sarcastically—that I'd be there around 7:00. When I left him at the office, I realized I had sinned, and I knew I needed to confess my wrong attitude to God and to David.
Most of us don't like to confess our mistakes. Most of us don't even know how. But confession is simply agreeing with God that our actions, attitudes, or behavior is not in line with His plan for our lives.
I first confessed my sin that day to God and then to David. I confessed that my attitude and words were wrong and asked for forgiveness. I didn't enjoy having to confess those things, but I was grateful to God for helping me keep the lines of communication and intimacy with David open.
What keeps you from routinely confessing your sin to God and to your spouse?
God, confessing my sin to You and to my spouse keeps me in right relationship with You and with my spouse.