Hiding Guilt

Series: For All the People | Week 3: The Guilty

Day Two Psalm 32:3-5

3 When I refused to confess my sin,
my body wasted away,
and I groaned all day long.
4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.
My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Interlude

5 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. Interlude

– Psalm 32:3-5 (NLT)

1. What words describe the experience of refusing to confess sin (verses 3-4)?
2. After his moment of pause (the first Interlude), what realization does David have?
3. What awaited David on the other side of confession (verse 5)?

Can you identify with David’s experience in verses 3-4? If so, consider what a gift God’s “hand of discipline” is in those times. If you are truly His child, He doesn’t allow you to stay comfortable in your sin! Take a few minutes now to pause as David did twice in this passage and confess any sin to God. Stop trying to hide your guilt, and experience the forgiveness that is available immediately on the other side of confession.

For Families with Kids at Home:
Oftentimes we try to hide our sin instead of coming to God, because we think if we hide it, it will eventually go away. But David tells us here that we’ll feel much better if we bring our sins to God and tell Him! God is faithful to forgive us and grant us freedom. Encourage your kids that they never need to hide when they do something wrong; they can always go to God and they can always come to you.

For All the People