Dealing With Known Sin
By J. H. Jowett
"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” (Psa. 32:5).
“I acknowledged my sin.” “My iniquity have I not hid.” “I confessed my transgressions.” The marrow of all these pregnant phrases is that the psalmist made a clean breast of it. He hid nothing from the Lord. There was no unclean thing concealed within his tent. He opened out every secret room. He gave God all the keys.
Everything was brought out and penitently acknowledged. He confessed in particulars, and not in generals. He “poured out his heart before God.” He emptied it as though he was emptying a vessel in which no single unclean drop was allowed to remain. His confession was made in perfect frankness and sincerity. In his spirit there was no guile. There was nothing tricky or underhand in the acknowledgement. Everything was opened and tearfully revealed.
What was the outcome of the confession? The psalmist has given a threefold word for his confession. Now he gives us a threefold word to describe the Lord’s response.
His transgression was forgiven. It was lifted and carried away out of sight. His sin was covered. “The Lord imputeth not iniquity” (Psa. 32:1-2). Forgiven sins are never to be counted; they will not enter into the reckoning. They will not influence the Lord’s regard for us. In His love for us, forgiven sins are as though they had never been. Here, then, is the completeness of the freedom of the children of God. Sin forgiven! Sin covered! Sin no more reckoned!
– Reprinted with permission from Alliance Life.