“Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul. I cried to him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me!”Psalms 66:16-20 ESV http://bible.com/59/psa.66.16-20.esv
“Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalms 19:12-14 ESV http://bible.com/59/psa.19.12-14.esv
“For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.” Psalms 32:3-5 ESV http://bible.com/59/psa.32.3-5.esv
I have been a wicked person. Presumptuous sin, that which I knew to be wrong but kept doing anyway (that’s addiction), gradually over 50 years, drained my life away. My soul was shriveled up like a prune. I was powerless to stop and my life was completely unmanageable. I was in bone deep pain. My physical and spiritual strength was gone, and I was an emotional weakling. But, God would not let me go. He kept bringing me back to Himself. His grace surrounded me like warm coat on a cold day.
Then by God’s grace alone, I acknowledged my sin to Him and no longer hide my iniquity. I confessed my transgressions to the Lord and he forgave the iniquity of my sin. I also confessed my sin to another person and then another and another, and my healing began. “Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.” James 5:16
Finally, I am a whole and a free person. And, for the first time in my life, I can fully and completely praise God. I can pray knowing that truly God has listened and has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me.