The Flattery of Sin

In Psalm 36, David reminds us that “sin is always crouching at the door” (Gen. 4:7), and it is speaking to us all the time. “It flatters him in his own eyes concerning the discovery of his own iniquity and the hatred of it.” Transgression doesn’t want us to see itself, of course, and so it seeks to praise us as those who are not transgressors. “We’re not that bad, we aren’t filled with iniquity, we aren’t as wicked as that person is,” we reason in ourselves. And so we don’t see our sin, and we don’t hate our sin. Why would we hate something that speaks so well of us? Why would we see something that camouflages itself so well? Thus we need the law of God and the grace of God to pierce the defenses our sin erects and help us to discover and hate our sin.



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