Why do we regularly confess our sins to God in our corporate worship services? The regular discipline of confession enables us to grasp more fully the beauty and wonder of grace as we are made continually aware of the depth of our need for God’s unmerited favor.
Christopher Ash explains that we also confess our sins “to encourage self-examination that leads to daily repentance, not morbid introspection that leads to despair.”
Therefore, do not let our time of confession lead you to despair since God’s Word reminds us what our God does with our sin: “I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you” (Isaiah 44:22).
Our written corporate prayer of confession serves to prime the pump of your heart by facilitating an honest confession of your own particular sins to the Lord.
One of the most encouraging moments in a worship service occurs when the worship leader says: “...
if your faith is in Jesus Christ, then I can assure you, based on the promise of God’s Word, that your sins are forgiven...”
Take a moment today to thank the Lord for how forgiven, accepted and loved you are by Him.