Under the Cover of God’s Grace

I was up early this morning and glanced at my TweetDeck. Bob Kauflin had simply tweeted “There’s an infinite difference between me trying to cover my sin and God covering it” with a reference to Psalm32. This was sweet medicine for my soul.

Psalm 130:3-4 says, “If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared.” When I think of how may marks the Lord could record as His omniscience observes my sin, I realize I most certainly could never stand in His presence. But the reality of forgiveness is precious.

Solomon wrote to Rehoboam, “He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion” (Prov 28:13). In other words, what you cover, God will uncover; but what you uncover, God will cover. Remember the penetrating words of Moses in the book of Numbers, “…behold, you have sinned against the LORD, and be sure your sin will find you out” (Num 32:23).

Reaching back into Psalm 32, David acknowledged that the guilt of unconfessed sin deteriorated both body and soul. In His love, God uncovered the sin David tried to cover. But when he confessed his sin, God covered it. This all makes me want to be more deliberate, more intentional in specific confession of my sin at the throne of grace.

The only means for covering sin is by punishing it. God has not simply dismissed it or looked the other way. He accepts the death of Jesus, His Son, as the only substitution for the lethal punishment our sin deserves.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, o my soul!
 -Horatio Spafford

Thanks for the reminder Bob.

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