"I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear,
But now my eye sees You.
6 Therefore I abhor myself,
And repent in dust and ashes."
The church today trains us to think that coming near to God in worship leads to emotional ecstasy. We usually do this with a long session of intense music. And much of it is good, and it is true that fellowship with God brings joy and gladness. But Job reminds us that coming near to God in worship first brings abhorrence of yourself – not a pleasant experience but a painful one. Without confessing our sins to God, our joy in the Lord won’t run very deep.
So we take time to consider how we have sinned against God today, confessing with the words of Psalm 51...