It is one of the strongest inducements to man's deceitful nature that somehow he thinks to profit by it. But that is NOT the case. Listen closely to David's wording in Psalm 32,
“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 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. Selah ” (vv. 2–4)
Do you see it there? Blessed (happy) is the man . . . in whose spirit there is no deceit. First, what is deceit? According to my desktop dictionary, deceit is "the action or practice of deceiving someone by concealing or misrepresenting the truth." Now, whenever we lie to others or to ourselves, we do so with the understanding that we will be the better for it. This must be so, otherwise why would we do it? OK, the Psalmist is saying that that man is truly happy not just because he does not deceive, but because it is not in him to do so. That is what it means when he says, "in whose spirit there is no deceit." It's not in his nature to do so. This man (or woman) is as true as the day is long. What they are in public, they are as well at home in the confines of their house. Their integrity does not allow them to be one thing here and another thing there.
Deceit Drains Us
Read on . . . 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. "When I kept silent," presumably, when he refused to admit his deceitfulness. He doesn't "come clean," but keeps up the ruse, living in the deceit. This, he affirms is what causes him to "waste away" internally. It eats up the one doing the deceiving. God created us for our hearts and minds to work in sympathetic unity. When they go at odds with one another, doing in practice what our minds know to be wrong, we invite internal warfare, an offended conscience, and eventually even physical illness. Yet, for so many this is their life! It is a shame, for we were designed for so much better . . . consonance, a peaceful union . . . rest.
What To Do?
The Psalm tells us. Confess it calling it what it is. NOTE: The worse thing to do is to continue on in your deceitful ways so long that after a while you grow to accept them as the norm. Then anyone who tries to tell you otherwise will seem to you to be completely wrong! Then once confessed, God will forgive, deliver, hide and preserve us. All these words are used to describe victory over deceitfulness.
Gladness Replaces Deep Sorrow
God will instruct us and counsel us and cause his steadfast love to surround us. Then the last verse closes out with the happiest of victories! “Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! ” Now, who wouldn't want that kind of life as opposed to deceitfulness. Let us watch out that we do not subtly deceive ourselves. Pray that God would "lead in paths of righteousness for His name's sake." That's what it's really all about.
That's where I want to be!