The High Price of Silence

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The High Price of Silence
Text: Psalm 32:1-11
Occasion: General
Audience: General
Theological Tradition: General
Topic: Confession
Author: Dick Emery


Hiding our sins never works, but confession will bring happiness.

How to Get There

  • This message mainly focuses on the first five verses, but the rest can be used to help talk about what happens when we have confessed our sins.
  • Confession is not only good for the soul but king David says it is good for the body and mind as well.
  • David learned when covering up his affair with Bathsheba that that silence has a high price and that honest confession produces astounding benefits.
  • We naturally don't want to own up to our own sins that we should be confessing, but this Psalm is all about the benefit of owning up to those sins and the price of not doing so.
  • The main benefit of honest confession is true happiness. That's what the Hebrew term for “blessed” means. It's about the overflowing of grace from God, in this case on those who confess their sins.
  • This confession brings this deep happiness because we are reconciled with God and can be in a right relationship with God.
    • When we sin, we hurt others but ultimately the offense is against God, creating separation and alienation.
    • Without confession, this alienation will become an eternal separation.
  • Confession brings complete forgiveness and reconciliation with God.
  • The first two verses have three different words for sin. Basically they are those of omission, commission, and just plain wickedness.
  • All forms of sins can be forgiven when we confess. And is there anything better than being forgiven?
  • The great illusion of life is that we can successfully cover up our sin.
  • The pain that David describes in verses 3-4 is not the pain of the sinner, but the pain of the sin concealer.
  • We cannot escape the effects of our deceit when we cover up our sins. Most of us try, but none of us succeed.
  • David mentions physical problems (bones wasting away), a troubled conscience (my groaning all day), a sense of God's displeasure (you hand was heavy on me), and depression (my strength was sapped).
  • Unconfessed sin makes us fugitives from God, and even from ourselves.
  • The good news is that God takes the initiative to save us, to bring us to confession. It is up to us to respond, however, and find that true happiness.

Things to Watch For

This requires some Hebrew work on first two verses, and a working knowledge of David's story, but is overall relatively simple.

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