Psalm 130 (ESV)
1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
2 O Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my pleas for mercy!
3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness,
that you may be feared.
5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
6 my soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.
7 O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with him is plentiful redemption.
8 And he will redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
“Confession must always come before absolution.” (Charles Spurgeon)
In other words, before we can receive forgiveness we must humbly confess (admit what we have done) and repent (turn from sin and turn to God).
When we confess God forgives our sins. He keeps no record of what we have done. None! Our sin is totally wiped away.
Take a moment and meditate on what that means – God, who already knows our deepest, darkest secrets, is ready to forgive. In fact, He sent His only Son to die on the cross to redeem our sins. His love is so vast that He paid the highest price imaginable.
Since forgiveness is freely given, for our smallest slip-ups to our deep, scary, secret sins, our response can only be to worship the Lord. He is to be feared, respected and revered.
He is faithful. He is loving. He is forgiving.
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of Your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in Your will, and walk in Your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.