For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord," and you forgave the guilt of my sin.
THOUGHTS TO PONDER
Imagine standing at the place in this picture for 6 hours. How would you feel?
The speaker in the passage is comparing what it feels like in the hot sun to what it feels like when you know you have done something wrong. How are they similar?
In today’s passage, the speaker is has no strength left because he is guilty of something. We don’t know what it is, and we don’t even know if other people know what it is.
So what does he do? Does he run out and try to fix the problem? Does he go and pay some money to solve it? NO. In his mess, he turns to God and tells him about it. He confesses.
And then what happens? Does God say, “I’ll forgive you after you fix this yourself?” NOPE. God just forgives him. Only then does the speaker have any freedom. He may even be able to now go and help fix a problem that he caused. But only after God has fixed the biggest problem of all—his sin.