"Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be - you get a fresh start,
your slate's wiped clean. Count yourself lucky - God holds nothing
against you and you're holding nothing back from him. When I kept
it all inside, my bones turned to powder, my words became daylong
groans. The pressure never let up; all the juices of life dried up.
Then I let it all out; I said, 'I'll make a clean breast of my
failures to God.' Suddenly the pressure was gone - my guilt dissolved,
my sin disappeared... Celebrate God. Sing together - everyone!
All you honest hearts, raise the roof!"
Psalm 32:1-5; 11 (The Message)
When we don't confess - not only our sins, but also our thoughts & feelings to God, we can become bitter and that's what I was becoming a few years ago. An angry, bitter woman who couldn't even look at my Bible, let alone sit happily through church. When I finally confessed how I was feeling - the ANGER I was feeling towards God (I mean, he already KNEW what I was feeling! Why not just TELL him myself?) the dam broke. The weight on my shoulders was lifted and all the guilt I was carrying for feeling the way I did dissolved. And I was able to sing again. :-) Thank you, Jesus!