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Confession and Thanksgiving


Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!

For His steadfast love endures forever!

Psalm 106:1 (ESV)

Last week we focused on "confession." This week, we're focusing on "thanksgiving." In my book this is the most obvious of progressions.

I understand why there is such push-back from the world when the word "sin" is used. If I am not aware there is a place to get rid of my sin, what are my choices? Most involve denying its existence.

But there is a place to get rid of my sin and it is at the Cross. Confession of my sin to my Savior is what transports me there. Then His resurrection is what lifts sin out of me, and me out of it.
After that, thanksgiving is downright impossible to repress.

I had known Jesus for more than twenty years when He decided it was time for me to stop denying a certain sin in my life. He sent someone to tell me I was self-centered. I knew she was speaking the truth. There was evidence I couldn't deny. I was devastated when I saw it. I cried out to Jesus in confession and repentance.

God loved me for decades fully aware of that sin in me. I was floored by this evidence of His steadfast love. It was then that the flood of thanksgiving erupted from my heart. Irrepressible thanksgiving.

Among the myriad of things we have to be thankful for, this tops my list. His love remains steadfast even as we persist in denying our sin. In fact, it is that very love that brings us to repentance (Romans 2:4) so He can forgive us.

Can you identify with Psalm 106:1?

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Even when I have been disappointed with God (which I confess as sin), I can look back and see His steadfast love was carrying me through those times and bringing me to a greater understanding of His will in my life.

All my life God was there, thought I was totally unaware, and that He loved me and gathered me into his flock amazes me. Why go after a lost sheep like me? When I confess my sins it is a relief to say it out loud. I too like the shower daily that Alex mentioned. I need a shower daily on my soul.

Hmmm...so if confession is the "key' to the door of thanksgiving...then when I do not confess my sin(s) I am robbing myself of the joy of thanksgiving...WOW!! I had not looked at the two to be connected so closely. Alex's analogy yesterday of a daily shower takes away the embarrassment factor, and now this realization motivates me to confess all the more...early and often!! :-) What a great way to go into the Thanksgiving holiday! Thank you, Lana.

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