a. Psalm 32:1-7
1 Of David. A maskil. Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
2 Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.
3 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. Selah
5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD"-- and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah
6 Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him.
7 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah
1. How do we feel when we are hiding / not confessing our sin?
2. Have you felt this way since your baptism? Are there any sins you have been afraid to confess?
b. Proverbs 28:13
He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
1. Can we conceal our sins from God?
2. Who do we need to confess our sins to besides God?
3. What effect will unconfessed sin have in our life?
c. Luke 8:17
For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.
1. Why is it foolish to try to keep our sins hidden?
d. Psalm 66:18-19
18 If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;
19 but God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer.
What else happens if we conceal or cherish sin?
Take some time to think about any sins, attitudes, actions, thoughts - that are troubling you because you haven't shared them.
Write them down and make sure you talk about them even today!