Confession of sins is hard to do at the best of times. Any child who needs to come clean about stealing their brother’s sweets (even if they did leave them out in the open, just begging to be taken… I mean… Hypothetically of course…) knows how difficult it is to admit it to your parents so how much more difficult to confess to almighty God!
I have more to say on this in another post, but David puts forward the merits of confession in Psalm 32. He acknowledges that forgiveness of sins is a better way to be, and hat the lack of confession weighs so much upon him that God pushes him towards it. And in that he rejoices and instructs others to do the same.
It may hurt, but ultimately it is the better way to be.
Blessed is the one whose sins are forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through all my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as in the summer heat. Selah
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. Selah
Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him.
You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Be not like a horse or mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with a bit or bridle, or it will not stay near you.
Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the ones who trust in the LORD.
Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!