Summary: How’s Your Spiritual Health? 1) You are sick if you conceal your sins; 2) You are recovering when you confess your sins; 3) You are well when you cling to the forgiveness of sins.
“Como esta?” “Wie Gehts?” “Genki desuka?” “How are you?” Four languages, one greeting. Isn’t it interesting how people the world over are so interested in health that it’s the first thing they ask about when greeting someone? I suppose that’s only natural because good health is often considered to be the secret to a happy life. Yes, our health is precious so it’s important to take care of it by watching what we eat, exercising, and receiving regular check-ups but in doing so we dare not neglect our spiritual well-being. In fact we should be more concerned about our spiritual fitness because our souls will last forever while our body in its present form will not, no matter how well we take care of it. So, if I were to ask you this morning how your spiritual health is how would you answer? Do you know how to assess your spiritual fitness? If not listen these assessment guidelines from King David. 1) You are sick if you conceal your sins; 2) You are recovering when you confess your sins; and 3) You are well when you cling to the forgiveness of sins.
We’re not exactly sure when David wrote Psalm 32. Many Bible students think that he wrote it some time after the prophet Nathan convicted David of his sins of adultery with Bathsheba, and the murder of her husband, Uriah. You remember that story right? One day David saw Bathsheba bathing and decided that he had to sleep with her even though she was not his wife. When Bathsheba became pregnant David tried to conceal his sin by calling Uriah back from his army duties so that he might sleep with his wife and think that the child that had been conceived was his. Uriah, however, refused to enjoy that pleasure while his comrades were putting their lives on the line. Foiled in his cover-up attempt David arranged to have Uriah murdered by stationing him on the front line where he was sure to die in battle. Everything worked just as David had hoped. Uriah died in combat paving the way for David to take Bathsheba as his wife. There was one problem, however. God knew what David had done.
For about a year David failed to acknowledge or confess these sins before God. He probably would have continued in his impenitence if it had not been for the prophet Nathan whom God sent to convict David. It was only after he confessed his sins that David admitted that silence is not golden when it comes to hiding your sins - the truth is you are sick if you conceal them. David said, “When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer” (Ps. 32:3, 4).
Not a day went by when David did not think about, and feel guilty for what he had done and he literally became sick from concealing his sins. David compared his condition to that of a person who just doesn’t have the energy to do what he wants because the heat and humidity of summer have sapped it out of him. The only difference is that even with the cooler temperatures at night David didn’t find any reprieve from his oppressive burden weighing on his conscience.