Proverbs 28:13 states that “he who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”
One of the most foundational elements of our worship is the corporate confession of sin. If you take that away our entire system suffers. It is in confession that we are reminded that we are not our own, that we have been bought with a price. No matter how noble we may seem, if we do not confess our sins, but rather hide them before God, we will not find mercy.
In corporate confession we not only confess our sins, but we publicly declare that we renounce those sins that so easily entangle us.
In confession, “our pride and defensiveness are stripped away, and we can let go of our illusion of self-righteousness, honestly examine ourselves, and find freedom from guilt and sin by admitting our wrongs.” a
So, come let us worship the Triune God for God calls us to find mercy in Him.
- Ken Sande, PeaceMakers, 117 (back)