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Last week I wrote about adoration, giving praise to God for who he is not for what he’s done for you. As we focus on God’s attributes we begin to see how pure, faithful, forgiving and just he is compared to our selfish attitude and behavior. We see more clearly the darkness in us and the brilliant light of Christ. There is a difference between antique white and pure white paint, but that difference is not very noticeable until you compare them side-by-side.
Measure our lives against God’s moral perfection and we begin to see how contaminated our hearts are. Something we would rather not be shown.
In Greek, confess means, “to agree with” or “to speak the same thing.” By confessing to God we are agreeing with God about what he sees in us. We can pray, “Lord let me see me as you see me.” That will be an eye-opener! What happens when the Holy Spirit reveals more of God’s character seeing the grace and mercy he shows us every day? This revelation often accompanies giving and singing praise to him and the only response is humility and tears of unworthiness. Then we can pray as King David did in Psalm 51:1, 3-4.
Have mercy on me, O God according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge.
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