Silent in Sin
3For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 4For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.
Guilt is a very painful place to live. Attempts to remove a person’s guilt include a company that sells ordinary brown paper bags on which are printed these instructions: “Place the bag securely over your mouth, take a deep breath and blow all your guilt out, then dispose of the bag immediately.” The product receives kudos for creativity but a lame award for reality. Sounds crazy, but people will try almost anything to remove the heaviness of their guilt.
King David knew guilt. What was the central problem of his guilt? Silence. David kept silent about his sin. Who was David silent with? David was silent about the sin with God. And that’s not good.
After time went by, there finally came a point in David’s life when he became very quiet with God. His silence was a futile attempt to hide from God and to run from God. Adam and Eve tried to hide from God and that didn’t work very well for them. Jonah tried to run from God and that didn’t work very well for him either. David’s attempt at silence with God, well, it didn’t work very well either.
Remaining silent in sin before God is like the little boy who holds his hands up to his eyes and because he can’t see the person right in front of him he thinks they can’t see him. Have you ever done that? It may work with a child, but it’s not a game to play with our omniscient God. Yet King David thought being silent in sin somehow meant God was unable to see his condition and his sin.
The result of David’s silence was intense suffering. He describes it as if his bones were wasting away and he was groaning all day long because of God’s hand being heavy upon his life. His strength was dried up like that of a plump grape plucked from its life-source, the vine, and left out in the heat of the sun to shrivel. Silent in sin is a horrible place to live.
David’s experience is a warning for us all. It’s warning that the momentary enticement of sin is not worth the pain of sin. Even more, staying silent in sin rather than repenting before God is not worth its cost. Staying silent in sin before God is indeed a very bad place to live.—Doug Helmer
· Has there been a time in my life when God’s hand was heavy on me in order to bring me to a place of repentance?
· Is there any sin in my life I have been holding onto and staying silent with God about?
Prayer – Father, thank You for Your faithful love. Thank You for those times when Your hand weighs heaving on my life, calling me away from sin and back towards You. May I be quick to run from sin. Help me with that, Lord! May I be quick to repent of sin. Father, I hear Your warning through King David. May I not stay silent in sin. In Jesus’ name, Amen