I love playing Hide-and-Seek with young children. There is nothing more humorous than when they find what they think is the perfect hiding place, and yet they are easily seen. Many children think if they cannot see you, then surely you cannot see them. They cover themselves with a blanket in the middle of the floor and are convinced you will not suspect that the huge, wiggling lump is really them hiding. They giggle and wiggle in their hiding spot and are totally surprised when you uncover them and begin a tickle war.
We also play Hide-and-Seek much the same way, but our game isn't so funny. We attempt to cover our sin as if God cannot see the big pile in the center of our hearts. He is not giggling and laughing. There is nothing funny about our game. Our game is more like the child who stole the cake. Smudges of chocolate all over the face, and the child insists he didn't eat the cake. He is completely perplexed how anyone could know he really did consume the stolen delight.
Smudges of sin all over our hands and hearts, we try to hide our transgression. We are filled with guile... trickery, deceit, falsehood. We think our hidden sin will bring us happiness. As long as no one finds out, we will be happy. David declares quite the opposite.
Psalm 32:1 "Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile."
David declares happiness isn't in hidden sin, but forgiven sin, covered not by us but by His blood... cleansed. Happiness isn't in deceit and trickery (guile), but it is found in a right relationship with the Lord. Happiness isn't in hiding. Instead, it is in seeking.
Psalm 32:3-4 "When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long. For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah."
David explained what it was like to try to hide sin. He kept silence, and the conviction was a weight upon him. He lost joy and peace. The refreshing babbling brook of joy dried up to dust. But when he confessed his sin and repented, things changed.
Psalm 32:5 "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. Selah."
Sweet peace and joy returned. The close fellowship with his God was restored. David gives a warning as well.
Psalm 32:6 "For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him."
Godly people will call out for forgiveness because they understand two things:
- God may not always be found. He convicts and deals with us, but if we continually reject and ignore Him, the consequences become more serious. Chastisement becomes more severe. For the lost person, God may stop dealing with them altogether. David says to seek the Lord when He is dealing with us.
- There is safety in a right relationship with the Lord. We have heard it said many times, "The safest place on earth is in the center of God's will." It's true. David said that when we have a right relationship with the Lord, the floods of trials and tribulation cannot drown us and overtake us.
Are we harboring sin and hiding it? Are we covering it thinking there is joy as long as we are not caught? The real joy is found in repentance, confession, and having sin forgiven.