Summary: Confession is more than admitting sin. Based on Psalm 32 we see how confession was a process by which David's relationship to God was restored.
Why Confession is Good for the Soul
March 6, 2016
Video’s message - Getting in agreement with God.
I love the point that video makes that Jesus is the Great Physician who can fix our heart; but we need to live in agreement with what he is telling us; instead of listening and following the voices of deception, bitterness and fear that influence us.
You know there is a great story out of the Old Testament about King David who spiritually speaking needed his heart repaired. David was known as a great warrior, king and even “a man after God’s own heart.” But the Bible is honest even about its heroes. David sinned against God. He used his power as king to commit adultery with a woman known as Bathsheba. He didn’t stop there. He attempted to cover up his wrongdoing with lies and ultimately murder. So David who once walked so closely with God, found himself faraway from God. Spiritually speaking his heart was sick and needed healing. The Bible tells us how David’s relationship to God was restored.
Traditionally we would call the steps David went through to restore his relationship to God the experience and process of confession. You have probably heard the old Irish maxim that “open confession is good for the soul?” Today we want to look into the heart of David which he shared in a writing called the Psalms from the Old Testament. Specifically, we’ll use Psalm 32. In Psalm 32 we see why confession is good for the soul. Because the word confession in the Bible often means this, it means to “come into agreement.” The only way David could overcome his spiritual heart disease of pride and defiance was through confession to get his life in agreement once again with God. The hope is today by a closer look at Psalm 32 we can see why confession is good for us so our hearts beat strong with love and trust for God.
Confession intersects with our reality – the here and now!
David said, “Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. When I declared not my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long.” (vs.1-3)
We can assume Psalm 32 comes at the time when David was just beginning to admit his failure and see where he stood with God. The first words that jump out at me is when David said, Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
David’s process of confession begins with acknowledging how great it is when there is nothing were covering up or hiding from God.
• How great it is when we’re not using mental gymnastics to justify what we know is wrong going on inside of us.
• We’re not using blaming other people to justify our feelings like resentment or discouragement because we are the only ones who can really control our feelings.
• We’re not rationalizing our actions that contradict scripture.