The Worship Quote of the Week for (02/25/2003):

Confession and Forgiveness
We know how wonderful it feels to pay off a loan; or, better yet, to have a
debt completely forgiven. In today’s WORSHIP QUOTE, we read what the psalmist
thought about the forgiveness of a sin debt against God.


Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against the LORD counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. SELAH

I acknowledged my sin to you,
and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, "I will confess my transgression to the LORD."
and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. SELAH.

Therefore let everyone who is godly
offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found;
surely in the midst of great waters,
they shall not reach him.
You are a hiding place for me;
you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with shouts of deliverance. SELAH

— Psalm 32:1-7, English Standard Version, Wheaton: Crossway Bibles, 2001.

[For the psalmist, this holy routine of confession and forgiveness, this
discipline of spiritual cleansing was a regular occurrence. Perhaps there are
many Christians who would be greatly blessed by an increased emphasis on this
discipline. Proverbs 28:13; James 5:16; 1 John 1:9]

Have a great week,

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky