Strength is Sapped
1 Blessed is the one
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
2 Blessed is the one
whose sin the Lord does not count against them
and in whose spirit is no deceit.
3 When I kept silent,
my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
4 For day and night
your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped
as in the heat of summer.
5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you
and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
my transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave
the guilt of my sin.
During the hot summer days, it could feel like you are melting in the heat and you lose your strength during the day and in the heat. It’s not summer yet, but there has been some heat and high humidity during these past few days. It has made sleeping uncomfortable and equally uncomfortable in the car.
When David was keeping his sin a secret, he said it felt like his strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. As soon as David acknowledged his sin to God and no longer covered up his iniquity, he no longer felt weak. When we have sin in our lives, we think by admitting or confessing it, we are showing ourselves to be weak. However, the opposite happens when we are hiding it. We lose our strength as we waste our energy in hiding our sins. David was relieved when he confessed his transgressions to the Lord and was forgiven of the guilt of his sin.