Our devotions continue this morning as we look at worship as an encounter with God.
There is a great book about prayer called, “The Hidden Life of Prayer” by David MacIntyre. In his book he talks about the importance of confession as we come into the presence of God. He bases this on the following scripture:
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1 v 9).
David Macintyre comments – “Confession of sin is the first act of an awakened sinner, the first mark of a gracious spirit. When God desires an habitation in which to dwell, He prepares “a broken and contrite heart”. The alter of reconciliation stands at the entrance of the New Testament temple; from the alter the worshipper passes on, by the way of the laver, to the appointed place of meeting the blood stained mercy seat.”
In the Old Testament, for the High Priest to come into the presence of God, he had to wash to be clean. The same is true of us today – as we come into the presence of God we need to be clean and confession is the means by which we are washed clean.