by PastorErick | 3/6/17, 11:36 AM
A Maskil of David.
 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
 Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.
 I acknowledged my sin to you,
and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,”
and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.
 Therefore let everyone who is godly
offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found;
surely in the rush of great waters,
they shall not reach him.
 You are a hiding place for me;
you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with shouts of deliverance.
Do you feel like you're forgiven of all your transgressions? That no matter what you've done in your life, through faith in Christ, you are "covered" and God looks at you as if you're perfect? Do you walk with the kind of assurance that knows when you stand before God He will not "count your iniquity against you"?
What I'm primarily asking about here is your feelings. Do you feel assured, confident that you are good with God? If you're not feeling assured that you're forgiven, let me briefly go over why that might be:
1. You've been living some way you sense you're not supposed to-
In other words, you feel guilty about something(s). This could be from a long time ago, or could be as recent as this morning. It could be lies that you've told, gossip that you've participated in, taking short cuts at work, drinking too much, etc. The list could go on and on. I mean it could literally be just about anything.
Now, the truth is, every one of us fall short of the way we should be living in some way or another every day. We know we are not perfect, but sometimes that becomes more glaringly obvious to us and when it does, we may begin to wonder if we're still good with God. We may lose a feeling of assurance.
2. You're not confessing your sin-
Unfortunately, what we tend to do when we've blown it is either rationalize it away or try and pretend it didn't happen. We try and sweep it under the rug. It's like Nietzsche said,
My memory says, ‘You did this.’ My pride says, ‘I cannot have done this.’ Eventually, my memory yields.
When we do this it actually harms us. David (who had quite a few mighty struggles with sin) describes it this way in our Psalm:
For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.
That is what it feels like to walk without assurance. So what should we do?
David goes on....
I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,
That's it! Do you want to walk with a feeling of assurance, of confidence that you and God are good? The way forward is counter-intuitive, but I can testify from experience and actually from numerous studies that the way to freedom comes from coming clean about our mistakes and failures. It's fearful, and it makes us vulnerable, but I'm telling you, when you just admit it, that's where feeling assurance is found!
David continues with the results of confession:
.....and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him. You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance.
Do you hear the change in tone here? Just a few verses earlier David describes himself as burdened by God's hand, having his strength dried up and groaning all day long. But now, He sees God as His protector against the storms of life. Now upon confessing his iniquity, He sees God as a hiding place who preserves Him from trouble who surrounds Him with shouts of deliverance (freedom)!
As John points out in his first epistle:
 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.  He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
Because Jesus has already paid for your sins upon the cross, you need not fear coming to him with your worst offenses. He knows all of them anyway. He is your hiding place, and under His shelter you are covered in His perfect righteousness. He is your advocate and today you can walk assured that He will never forsake you.
Grace and Peace,
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