Good Morning Friends! I hope you’ve had a lovely week. We are starting a new series this week that I’m so excited to share with y’all! It’s called The Psalms Series and for the next few weeks we are going to explore some different subjects discussed in the Psalms. Each week will focus on something different but this week we are talking about confession.
I’ve been talking about confession for a long time now. I’ve even mentioned it on here a couple times. But this summer allowed me to place a new emphasis on it in my life. I worked at a camp over the summer and our theme was, “Run Free.” We talked about the amazing freedom from guilt and shame that Jesus’ forgiveness allows. With that freedom, comes confession. James 5:16 says, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
There’s power in confessing our mistakes to the Lord. Someone once told me that in the darkness things have more power. But when you give something a name or bring it into the light, it can’t control you anymore. I can’t tell you how true this has been in my own life. I lived with my secrets for so long. I let guilt and shame eat at me. They told me my sin was too much. That God wouldn’t love me if He knew and other people surely wouldn’t. What a lie! God is all knowing. We can never surprise Him with our sin.
Y’all, take a second and soak that in. He isn’t surprised when you fail. Which means, you can never be too much for God. Relax into that as you think about confession.
Psalm 32: 5 says, “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.”
Psalm 51:7-10 says, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
The Psalms are full of examples of writers (primarily David) confessing their sins to the Lord. Psalm 32 there gives us the basics. He confesses and takes responsibility for his sins before the Lord. He just talks to God. He tells God, “I’ve messed up. I’ve done _____.” And the Lord responds with forgiveness. With grace. The second scripture, Psalm 57, mentions hyssop. If you’re like me and have zero clue what that is, hyssop is a plant that was used to consecrate and clean holy places.
David is asking God to clean him, to wash him. I love the imagery here of Jesus physically washing us. Of giving us clean, pure white hearts before the Lord. In forgiveness, our sins are not held against us.
Psalm 130:3-4 says, “If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.”
We wouldn’t be able to go anywhere near the Lord if He kept a record of our wrongs. God is so perfectly holy, so good, that in our sinful nature, we cannot be near Him in that state. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, because He took the wrath of God and bore it for us, our sins are not held against us. You are clean my friends!
Now, I want to switch gears a little bit and talk about another aspect of confession. First and foremost, we confess our sins to the Lord. But there’s a second component. We talked a few weeks ago about having a Paul, Barnabas, and a Timothy. If you missed that week you can read it here, but a “Paul,” means having a older person pouring into your life, a “Barnabas,” is having a friend that you can walk through life with, and a “Timothy,” is a younger person you’re pouring into.
The second part of confession that I mention is sharing your struggles with your Paul and Barnabas. Y’all, like I said, things in the darkness have power over us. It’s so important to have accountability, to have those people that are going to ask you hard and uncomfortable questions. That will push you to grow. Growing doesn’t always feel so great right? It hurts to change. But it is so good. Letting others into your life gives them the freedom to encourage you in that growth as well as providing some much-needed accountability for us!
I want to be clear here though that I am in no way asking y’all to share your hurts and heartaches with every person in your life. Some of our sins are based out of really painful experiences or emotions. It’s ok to be selective with who you choose to share your life with. Be wise in your choices. I share all my junk with about four or five women in my life that are my “people.” They are the gals that are sticking around and the ones I go to when life is falling apart.
They know everything about me. They fully know me. I know this can be scary or weird even but there’s value and importance in letting people in. Let them see your scars and your mistakes. Let them help you pick up your pieces. Let them remind you that in Jesus there is so much grace. There is forgiveness. There is hope. It’s so easy to forget how wonderful the Lord’s character is.
Confessing to the Lord is the first step of asking for forgiveness. The second is inviting others in to help you continue walking in freedom.
Friends, I hope this encourages you and draws you closer to the Lord. Even though confession sometimes seems scary (because talking about our failings is hard!) it’s so good and a God designed thing. I love y’all and am praying for you! If there’s anyway I can pray from you or encourage you, I’d love to hear from you!