David wrote “Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit.” (Sunday, June 26, 2011) What’s that “no deceit” thing about?
When we hide our sin―from God and from others, we end up living a deceitful life. (As if we really think we can hide from God. Check out Psalm 139!)
But after all, it is the very nature of sin to hide. Remember Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3? The Lord God came to walk with them in the Garden in the cool of the day but … they hid themselves from him (Gen 3:8-10). Why did they hide? Because of the guilt of their sin.
It’s the nature of sin to hide. And that hiding―thinking we are covering up successfully―creates a deceitful mindset and “sneaky” lifestyle; always hiding, never being completely honest―always holding back.
This deceitfulness is felt. No doubt about it. When you are holding back, people feel like there is something unsaid, something in the silence, something that is inauthentic. They feel it.
And, you feel it too. You worry that they might find out. You worry about who you’ve told and who you haven’t told―and if they’ve already found out and know everything but haven’t told you they know.
Not a fun way to live.
A life of hiding undermines integrity―wholeness; truthfulness. It makes you a liar and a sneak.
The only remedy to this deceit is the bright shining light of truth. Confession―to God, and to those who need to know. There is a French proverb that says “The is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.” Good thought.
“Blessed is the man whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered…” (Ps 32:1) Covered not by the man―but by the blood of Jesus.
Resting in Him,