Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose iniquity the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit. (Psalm 32:1-2, NIV)
We are indeed blessed when we come to realize that our transgression are forgiven, our sins are covered, and the Lord no longer counts our iniquity against us. The cross has taken care of all of that once and for all—past, present, and future. But what about the part that says we are blessed when we have no more deceit in our spirits? That’s a little more difficult. I mean, how in the world do we rid our spirits of deceit? That seems like a tall order.
The essence of deceit (rᵊmîyâ) is living falsely. It isn’t just about telling a lie; it’s about living one. It’s about presenting a false front. It’s about trying to make people believe we are better, or different, than we really are. It is about manufacturing an appearance that is not true. We do it all the time; every minute of every day. We do it when we posture and pose. We do it when we hide and conceal. We do it when we conform and camouflage. And we do it when we masquerade and pretend. We do it when we jockey and perform. Trying to create ourselves, rather than become ourselves is a great temptation. And it can become so subtle, so second-nature to us, that we do not even notice it.
That’s why the words to this ancient prayer are so helpful. Only God can rid our hearts and lives of deceit. Only God can show us when we are being false rather than true, fake rather than real. Only God can help us to become who he made us to be, but it takes a relentless openness and attentiveness to his word and his Spirit in the silence and solitude of our won hearts and souls. It takes constant prayer and reflection and confession and repentance. It is an ongoing battle, but one that is worth the time and effort, because at the end of it all lies a life that he calls blessed.
What bliss belongs to the one whose rebellion has been forgiven, those whose sins are covered by blood. What bliss belongs to those who have confessed their corruption to God! For he wipes their slates clean and removes hypocrisy from their hearts. (Psalm 32:1-2, TPT)