Confessing Your Praise

He who conceals his sins does not prosper,
but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy. — Proverbs 28:13 (NIV)
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. — 1 John 1:9 (NIV)
In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word that is translated as “confesses” in Proverbs 28:13 is a word that is most often used in connection with praising God with a Thanksgiving offering.  It is used to confess what God has done and to thank Him for all that He has done.  In the New Testament, the word translated “confess” in 1 John 1:9 is also connected with praise.  How can this be?
I believe that the confession of sin (the fact that we are sinners and do, in fact, sin against God and others) and the merciful forgiveness of sin is instantaneous.  We do not take a number (confess) and wait for God to call that number (forgive us) like we are waiting in line at the deli.  God mercifully forgives us over and over and over again.  His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23).  The immediate response to our confession is immediate forgiveness and our immediate response should be thankful praise.  There is no going to our room to think about what we’ve done while we wait to see of God will forgive us.  God doesn’t need to think about it!  He is ready, willing and able to forgive in mercy!
Perhaps our prayer of confession should look something like this:
Father, I am a sinner and I have sinned against You.  I thank You and praise You for the forgiveness that I now receive through Your Son, Jesus Christ.
What about you?  Do you have a hard time accepting God’s forgiveness?  How do you confess your sins/sinfulness to God?  How does the intersection of confession and praise work in your life?

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