When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away Through my groaning all day long. Psalm 32:3 Unconfessed sin in your bosom and will eat out your heart! Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92, British Reformed Baptist


Day and night your hand was heavy upon me (because of unconfessed sin); my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Psalm 32:4 Common conviction is against a man's will, it makes him not the better man, only he is tortured and tormented; but a man that is convinced by the Spirit, joins with the Spirit against himself; he accuses himself; he takes God's part against himself; he is willing to have his heart laid open, that he may seek and find the greater mercy. Richard Sibbes, 1577-1635, English theologian

I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I did not hide; I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord"; And You forgave the guilt of my sin. Psalm 32:5 My mountains of guilt before thee are leveled to a plain. The Valley of Vision, Puritan Prayers and Devotions, 1600/1700s

Let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found; Surely a flood of great waters will not reach him. Psalm 32:6 When the storm strikes us, and hearts ache, and tears flow, and gaps are made in our family circle and friends fail us, and money makes itself wings, and sickness lays us low, we want something more than abstract principles and general lessons. We want a living, personal Friend, a Friend to whom we can turn with firm confidence that he can help and feel. J.C. Ryle, 1816-1900

You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble. Psalm 32:7a God shall give me the best of shelter in the worst of danger. Charles Spurgeon, 1834-92