An email exchange from the other day: Me: "Hey, how is it going? I, personally, have found it to be very difficult keeping a regular reading schedule over these summer months. However, when I do my (New Testament) reading, I really am enjoying it." Other: "I, too, confess that I am behind ... but still reading." Me: "It's good to know that God covers our 'behind' ... and that the 'still reading' is what matters."
David writes, "I acknowledged my sin to you, and did not cover my iniquity; I said, 'I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,' and you forgave the iniquity of my sin." (Psalm 32.5) Try as we might, we cannot really cover our 'behinds' from God. In fact, we end up hurting ourselves when we try!
David goes on to say, "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. ... He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us." (Psalm 103.1-5, 10-12) Read that a second time and you will realize that God in Christ Jesus stands behind you all the way. And what is he doing? He is covering our 'behinds' with his mercy and righteousness. Jesus is "The Big Behinder!"
You know what David says in Psalm 23. "Goodness and mercy shall FOLLOW me all the days of my life." (Psalm 23.6) No reason to strain our bodies, or our souls, to cover our 'behinds.' Every time we look behind us, there stands Jesus, making us right with our heavenly Father ... and freeing us to focus upon what lies ahead. How does Saint Paul put it? "One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3.13-14) Please notice that we are told to forget what "lies behind us" - not The One who stands behind us all the way.
Our 'behinds' come in many different shapes and sizes. We've all done many different things to try to cover them, but nothing really works ... the guilt remains ... until we are turned to Jesus ... the one who "forgives all our iniquity, who redeems our lives from the pit, who crowns us with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies us with good." He is The One who says to you and me today, and every day (with no if's, and's or butt's), "Fear not. I am your BIG BEHINDER!"
If you want to read more on this topic, I suggest you go to the devotional series "Confessions of a Secret Sinner" from Lutheran Church Charities.