Confess your secret sins
How blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit!—Psalm 32:2 (NASB).
Here is the burden of unconfessed sin. “When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away” [Psalm 32:3 NASB]. There is nothing brings on premature age like secret sin. It keeps the mind in perpetual unrest, and a troubled mind soon makes the body old. The real nourisher of the body is a quiet and radiant soul. But let the soul be in chaos, and the body will soon be a ruin.
And here, too, is the healthy act of confession. “I acknowledged my sin to you, and my iniquity I did not hide” [Psalm 32:5 NASB]. He retained no single germ of the whole unclean brood. He brought them out into the light one by one, as though he were emptying a noisome [stinky] kennel. He brought them out, and named them, in the awful presence of the Lord.
And here is the ministry of forgiveness, and therefore the miracle of restored health. Let me mark the rich variety of the descriptive words. “Forgiven!” “Covered!” “Imputed not!” It is all removed and obliterated, and the place of defilement and profanity becomes the holy temple of the Lord.
About the author and the source
John Henry Jowett (1864–1923) a famed pastor and author, served congregations in both England and the United States. He believed the gospel was the only hope for our times. Crime dropped remarkably when he pastored in Birmingham, England.
John Henry Jowett. My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year. New York, Chicago: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1914.