I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin. Psalm 38:18
Driving down a highway one will see a common scene. As people are driving, many will be speeding, while others will be following the speed limit. When come up behind a policeman driving down the road, every one of the people will do two things–check their speed limit and hit the brakes. This happens regardless if they speed or not. They fear that they are doing something wrong.
While they may not be in the wrong in the moment, many are guilty of speeding on a regular basis.
Being guilty creates feeling of fear and worry in a person. They know that they have done something wrong and fear being caught. The world tries to suppress those feelings of guilt and fear, covering it with more sin and other things.
David knew that he had done some things wrong against God. He was troubled in his spirit by what he had done wrong. Instead of just covering it up and trying to hide it, he chose to confess to God what he had done wrong.
Every believer will make mistakes and sin against God. Some will be on accident, some will be on purpose, but either way it is sin against God. Most of the time, one will know when he has sinned or not.
Having unconfessed sin will put up a barrier in his relationship with God. There will be worry and fear because of it. There will be loss of sleep over the sin. It is because one knows that he had done something wrong against God.
Instead of trying to hide it in fear, the believer can tell God about it and turn from that sin. God is right there waiting to forgive every person who repents of his sin. He is not there waiting to beat the person down, but to restore with love.
You may have some things in your life in which you have made bad choices and went against God. You allowed sin to come in. As a result, you may be losing sleep and are worried about that sin.
Having the trouble over that sin is good, it is a sign that God is working on your heart to change you. Be willing to tell God about it and turn away from that sin. Allow God to forgive you and change you so that you will no longer be troubled by unconfessed sin. Know the love and forgiveness God has for you.
I pray today that you will know God’s love; that you will know God’s forgiveness; that you will not try to hide sin from God; and that God will help you to turn from all sin.