King David understood the blessing and peace of being forgiven by the Lord. Here is an excerpt from Psalm 32:
“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was turned into the drought of summer.
Selah. I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah” (Psalms 32:1-5)
In David’s time, the only way to receive atonement for sins was to sacrifice lambs and other animals, sprinkling the blood on the people and on the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant. The blood of those lambs pointed to the efficacious blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus, shed on the cross to atone for the sins of the whole world. But in order for your sin to be forgiven, you must cover or hide yourself in the blood of Jesus by confessing, repenting of your sins and asking for His forgiveness. And when you confess, Jesus is quick to forgive you because the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses you from all unrighteousness.
The problem is when we wait and keep “silent” about our sin, like David did for a short time. He was miserable. Only when he confessed to the Lord did he find forgiveness and a renewal of joy! But don’t stop there. Don’t just confess you sin. If you are a Christian, God has given you the power to overcome the power of sin. You can be free! Just trust God, talk to Him regularly, and read His Word. Remember what Jesus said to the woman caught in adultery? He was merciful, but He also said “Go and sin no more.”
Don’t wait another minute. Confess you sins to the Lord. Ask Him to forgive you and cleanse you. After all, forgiveness by the blood of Jesus is one of God’s eternal promises.