Sin, in the life of the believer, will cause such problems that it must be dealt with. And, there are only two ways to deal with sin. If we deal with sin man's way, we will try to hide it and secret that sin away so that we can relish it and enjoy it some more, or just so that we can pretend that it never happened. The other method is God's way and it is the method which is discussed in this passage. When we handle our sin God's way, then itís handled, and itíll cease to bring pain and destruction into our lives.


In these verses, David is dealing with the sin he committed with Bathsheba. He tells us how he handled his sin and how he received cleansing. He shares the lessons he learned in dealing with his sin with you and me. He is fulfilling a vow he made to the Lord, Psa. 51:3, "Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee."


I. V. 3-4 THE PROBLEM OF CONCEALED SIN--Unconfessed sin produces problems in three realms of life.

A. v. 3 The Physical Realm - David tells us that his sin produced problems in his flesh. He says that he became like and old man physically. The sad fact is this: Sin will take a physical toll on the sinner! I am not just referring to the drunk or the drug addict. I am not just referring to the person who abuses the body with tobacco or even overeating. I am referring to the toll that is inflicted on the body by the sinner as he tries to cover up his sin.


B. v. 4a The Spiritual Realm - Whether we like to think about it or not, there is a heavy spiritual price to pay for sin in our lives! David says that God's "hand was heavy" upon him. This refers to chastisement!


C. v. 4b The Emotional Realm - David tells us that he has dried up! What a picture of the believer who has sin in his life! Now, I know as well as anyone that there are some people who have legitimate emotional problems. However, there are many people today who are suffering emotionally simply because they have unconfessed sin in their lives. Notice what David requested from the Lord after he had sinned with Bathsheba, Psalm 51:12



A. Confess The Existence Of Our Sins - David says that he "acknowledged" that there was sin in his life. The word means "to know and perceive and to make known to others." Basically, this word teaches us that we must face up to the fact of our own sin, and then we must admit that sin before God! 1 John 8, 10.


B. Confess The Extent Of Our Sins - We need to get honest about the fact that sin has invaded every nook and cranny of our lives! It prevents us from being the servants of God we ought to be. David simply did what always needs to be done with sin, he pulled back the covers and revealed his sin in all of its ugliness and its rottenness. David got honest about his sin and that is what it takes to get it made right, Proverbs 28:13, "He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy."


C. Confess The Error Of Our Sins - The third word used by David is the word Iniquity. This word speaks of Man's Distortion - This word means "crookedness, or that which is bent." It refers to the natural bent in man toward evil! Our old sinful nature is always striving to do that which is wrong. This was Paul's problem - Rom. 7:13-25, and it is our problem as well! All of us should be at the place spiritually where we can honestly say, "There is something in me that is prone to evil and often I am guilty of giving in to those desires."



A. It Brings Cleansing - David tells us that those who will confess their sins will experience "forgiveness" and will have their sins "covered". The word for "forgiveness" is an interesting word. It means "to lift up and bear away." When we bring our sin to God and tell the truth about, He will extend His forgiveness to us. That sin will be lifted up and taken away from our lives..


B. It Brings Closeness - Vs 2 speaks of God not "imputing" iniquity to a person. This is an accounting word and means "to account or to reckon." This simply reminds us that when our sins have been taken care of according to God's pattern, He does not hold those sins against us.


C. It Brings Consecration - Notice that David says the forgiven person has no "guile" in his spirit. That is, there is no more "treachery". There are no more attempt to pull anything over on God. The sinner is honest and, as a result, his whole life grows cleaner and more holy before the Lord. Confession will make you clean and it will help you to live clean as well.


Conc: Please notice that by the end of this Psalm, David had his shout back! He was able to worship and praise the Lord again. Why? Because he solved his sin problem the right way. He told the truth about his sin and cast it down before the Lord.