Verses 13-28 examine the fates of the wicked compared to the righteous. Verse 13 reads, “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.” In which camp would you routinely place yourself? Are there certain parts of our lives that we are quick to share if we sin or fall short, but others that we conceal for the sake of reputation or fear of conflict or avoidance of the consequences? This verse doesn’t specify between transgressions; whoever conceals his sins will not prosper. Confessing before the Lord and all other necessary parties brings mercy and an opportunity for growth. Are there specific wrongs in your life that need to come into the light? We all have room for growth, and we should ask the Lord to reveal to us our shortcomings. John 15:2 reads, “Every branch that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” Even our fruitful endeavors need pruning.
I would encourage you to pray about your transgressions. Admit to yourself and the Lord that you have sins, not that you just make mistakes or have oversights. Ask for help in renouncing and repenting of these shortcomings, and actually try to follow through in walking away from whatever you have been keeping in the dark. Don’t just make a quick promise, but deliberately seek righteousness.