“Many are the sorrows of the wicked, But he who trusts in and relies on the Lord shall be surrounded with compassion and lovingkindness. Be glad in the Lord you righteous [who actively seek right standing with Him]; Shout for joy, all you upright in heart.” Psalm 32:10-11
Could you use a lift? Do you desperately need a dose of drive and desire to simply be you today? When you are weary to the bone, the thought of mustering up enough strength and vigor to carry out all the day requires of you can feel overwhelming and exhausting? You may need a prescription.
The prescription I'm talking about is one modeled to us in scripture. I'm talking about the curative act of confession. Have you ever considered the direct correlation between confession and strength? If not, it's important, and could be the literal cure you need to get your strength and "want to" back.
In Psalm 32:3-4, David declares, "When I kept things to myself [silent], I felt weak deep inside me [my bones wasted away]. I moaned [sighed] all day long. Day and night you punished me [your hand was heavy on me]. My strength was gone [dried up; sapped] as in the summer heat." (The Amplified version says, "For day and night Your hand [of displeasure] was heavy upon me; My energy (vitality, strength) was drained away as with the burning heat of summer."). Can you relate?
What was the cure for David’s parched condition? Confession. The refreshing and the joy he desired were not found by hiding FROM God, but from hiding IN Him. Verse seven affirms, "You are my hiding place; You, Lord, protect me from trouble; You surround me with songs and shouts of deliverance."
Can I be honest? I tend to seek refuge and hiding in my own mind. It’s tempting for me to retreat to the quiet space of my own mind to help “self-protect.” I must constantly remind myself that God alone is my hiding place. Not the makeshift shelter of my own thoughts. Like David, my feeble attempt to hide my flaws is futile. When we attempt to hide from God, we forfeit the very blessings we desire. In pursuit of self-protection, our hiding actually steals our strength, joy, and vitality, and leaves us withered and dry from the inside out. There's incredible news though found in the concluding verses of the Psalm. It tells us, "I acknowledged my sin to You, And I did not hide my wickedness; I said, ‘I will confess [all] my transgressions to the Lord’; And You forgave the guilt of my sin."
Confession is not religious. It’s not ritualistic. No! The very opposite, confession is a display of affection. Within the confines of a safe, loving relationship with our Father, confession is a beautiful offering. It's the decision to look at our sins and stumbles and say, “Daddy, I’m really sorry. Can I start again?” Will you trust me when I tell you that confession precedes strength? God Himself will pick you up, dust you off, give you a refreshing drink of the Spirit, an extra dose of strength and vitality, and lovingly set your feet upon the path that leads to life. Take shelter in Him alone today.