Evening, September 14, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”; and You forgave the guilt of my sin.” — Psalm 32:5
David’s grief for sin was bitter. Its effects were visible upon his physical body: “His body wasted away;” “his vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer.” He could find no remedy, until he made a full confession before the throne of the heavenly grace. He tells us that for a time he kept silence, and his heart became more and more filled with grief; like a mountain lake whose outlet is blocked up, his soul was swollen with torrents of sorrow. He fashioned excuses; he endeavored to divert his thoughts, but it was all to no purpose; like a festering sore his anguish gathered, and since he would not use the lancet of confession, his spirit was full of torment, and knew no rest. At last it came to this, that he must return unto his God in humble contrition, or die outright; so, he hastened to the mercy seat, and there unrolled the volume of his iniquities before the all-seeing One, acknowledging all the evil of his ways in language such as you read in the fifty-first and other penitential Psalms. Having done this, a work so simple but yet so difficult to his pride, he received at once the token of divine forgiveness; the bones which had been broken were made to rejoice, and he came forth from his prayer room to sing of the blessedness of the man whose transgression is forgiven. See the value of a grace-worked confession of sin! It is to be prized above all price, for in every case where there is a genuine, gracious confession, mercy is freely given, not because the repentance and confession deserve mercy, but for Christ’s sake. Thanks be to God, there is always healing for the broken heart; the fountain is ever flowing to cleanse us from our sins. Truly, O Lord, you are a God “ready to pardon!” Therefore, we will acknowledge our iniquities.