All is not lost with a cracked bowl. The hairline crack on this one was deftly hidden by the painted design incorporating it. An honest pottery merchant would label this piece as a “second” or “third” because of the defect. An unscrupulous pottery merchant might fill in the crack with wax, paint over it and try to pass it off as perfect. The customer would be none the wiser, at least at first. Eventually, the defect would be apparent.
Today’s verse is a great example of coming clean with the Lord. King David recognized that some of his physical ailments could be attributed to keeping silent about his sin (verses 3-4). When he acknowledged and confessed his wrongdoing he experienced God’s forgiveness, not only for his sin but also for his sense of guilt. David understood that by having a deceitful spirit with God one would be forfeiting His blessing (verse 2). He ends this psalm in joy and singing having reestablished his relationship with God.
When I am not honest with God, I am like that cracked pottery trying to pass myself off as perfect! But the healing of those cracks can only come when I come clean with Him. What keeps me from humbling myself is my own stubborn pride. It is much easier to ignore my sin and pretend everything is fine. But before long, the cracks become apparent and my excuses no longer hold water. I know He will restore to me that joy of salvation if I own up instead of cover up!
Lord, thank you for the forgiveness You so freely give!