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New Life Daily Devotion - Mar. 10, 2010

  • 2010 Mar 10

Relief from Dishonesty
Psalms 32

We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

Living a lie is miserable. Perhaps we carry the heavy burden of hiding our secret lives. Maybe we're avoiding God and withdrawing from people because of our fear of being found out.

Moses understood the price to be paid for trying to live a lie. He prayed, "We wither beneath your anger; we are overwhelmed by your fury. You spread out our sins before you-our secret sins-and you see them all. We live our lives beneath your wrath, ending our years with a groan" (Psalm 90:7-9). David showed us the other side. "Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven! . . . What joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, 'I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.' And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment" (Psalm 32:1-6).

Why should we live with the weight of dishonesty when relief is available to us? God already knows our secret sins anyway. Why continue to suffer needless agony when we can be relieved?

God wants to forgive; it has always been a part of his loving nature.