Psalms 32: Why Do We Confess Our Sins?

I don’t know where you are at when you come to my blog, but you might possibly have a question about why Christians care so much about confessing sins to God. You can find a good answer in Psalms 32.

Psa 32:5  I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

Notice that there is a sequence of events here. I acknowledged my sin and did not try to hide any of it. There is a confessional aspect there, and then God forgave the iniquity.

In other words, it seems as if the forgiveness of sins is a consequence of the confession. You can see this in other parts of the Bible as well.

1Jn 1:8  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

1Jn 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Pro 28:13  He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

You might wonder why this is worth it. After all, doesn’t confessing seem embarrassing at times? When you do something wrong, it is not always easy to admit what you did. It might have been a really dumb thing that you knew you shouldn’t have done, but you did it anyway, and you really can’t believe that you had that lapse in judgment.

Is there some kind of benefit outweighs this embarrassment? After all, if we kept it quiet, we at least wouldn’t be embarrassed (although it is worth mentioning that God knows what you did before you tell him, so it is not like confession will be mind-blowing).

Here are the benefits.

Psa 32:1  A Psalm of David, Maschil. Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

Psa 32:2  Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

We are going to be blessed by God. Again, I definitely do not mean financially necessarily. However, we are going to be doing the will of God, and as a result of that, we will be blessed.

Are the blessings from God worth the potential (yet irrelevant) shame that admitting what you did was wrong produces? I would think so.


Posted on December 14, 2013, in Psalms and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Wow, Zac, timing on this blog about our confession, repentance and God’s forgiveness Could Not have come at a more perfect time (day or minute). Thank you for your posts, and for being His instrument. Toni P.



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