No More Cover Up
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Psalm 51: 3 (KJV)
3For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
It has been pointed out, “The remembrance of our sins and unworthiness may help us against worldly anxiety, and make us very indifferent to worldly things. So also we shall be braced to endure sorrow, knowing that it is fully deserved, and shall be continually humbled and sobered by the remembrance of what He suffered who never deserved any ill.”
The confession is literally, I know, or make known. Here he is confessing that he knew that he was a sinner, and he did not seek to cloak or conceal that fact. He came before God with the knowledge of it himself; he was willing to make acknowledgment of it before God. There was no attempt to conceal it; to excuse it. It was with grief and shame, and abhorrence of himself and of his sins; that drove David to say I have dissembled and covered. And being thus truly penitent, he hoped and beg that he may find mercy with God. The word ““for”” does not imply that he referred to his willingness to confess his sins as an act of merit, but it indicates a state of mind which was necessary to forgiveness, and without which he could not hope for pardon.
This also reveal his brokenness and guilt. This is seen in the phrase “And my sin is ever before me”. That is, it is now constantly before my mind. It had not been so until Nathan brought it vividly to his recollection (2 Samuel 12:1); but after that it was continually in his view. He could not turn his mind from it. The memory of his guilt followed him; it pressed upon him; it haunted him. It was no wonder that this was so. The only ground of wonder in the case is that it did not occur “before” Nathan made that solemn appeal to him, or that he could have been for a moment insensible to the greatness of his crime. When David saw himself in the parable, and had pronounced his own condemnation, he then saw his sins in their proper aggravations, and his iniquity was ever before him. His own conscience condemned him, and he was in perpetual fear of the effects of the divine displeasure.
There are many things in Holy Scripture which teach us that, however natural it may be, it is not a Christian disposition to be dwelling on our good doings and deserving. A habit of daily repentance is the right thing for us. We should every day be going anew to be washed in the fountain opened for sin and uncleanness; in every prayer, whatever else we ask or omit, we must ask for forgiveness through Christ, and for the blessed Spirit to sanctify, because we have our “sin ever before us” when we come to the throne of grace. We must resist the urge to placate or cover up our sin because ONLY Jesus Christ can forgive sin. There are seasons even to a Christian when he must feel, like Job, “I possess the iniquity of my youth.” Still, if these things be, they are certainly exceptions. The sense of forgiveness is essential to holiness. Our sins are among the things that are behind, which we are to forget, and to stretch forth to those that are before in order that we may live lives that are pleasing to God!
Have a great and God filled day!