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.
The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered from 1946 to 1956 in 11 caves near the Dead Sea. Over 900 manuscripts were discovered representing hundreds of texts and more than 15,000 fragments of linen, papyrus, and parchment (animal skin). So—10 years, 11 caves, hundreds of manuscripts and texts, and thousands of fragments ranging in size from 27 feet long to fingernail size. It fell to scholars to try to piece the fragments back together to create the original priceless documents.
Fragments—that’s how we view our life at times. If we have had a failure, a sin of omission or commission that shames or embarrasses us, we feel crushed and broken. We wonder if God can put the pieces of our life back together again. The good news is that He can! The psalmist David knew of God’s restoration work first hand (Psalm 32, 51), as did the apostles Peter (John 21:15-19) and Paul (Acts 22:6-16).
If sin or failure has fragmented your heart and soul, confess to God and let Him restore the joy of your salvation (Psalm 51:12).
It does not spoil your happiness to confess your sin. The unhappiness is in not making the confession.
Charles H. Spurgeon