These daily sins have already been dealt with from a legal perspective. What remains is sanctification. We do the things we don’t want to do and because we have been made new, we are not satisfied with this.
So we sing songs of repentance to remember the broken and contrite heart in the moment that we were justified. We sing them to remember the joy our heart felt as the weight of sin was lifted. We sing them to inspire us in our fight to be what we already are.
What are we? Paul says “consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Rom 6:11). John Piper reminds us “You are already holy in Christ (Col. 3:12); therefore ‘be holy in all your conduct’ (1 Pet. 1:15)”.
I’m excited about this one because it fits the theme of repentance and also because our youth will be singing it in their service on Friday night.
when I fall, I shall rise;
when I sit in darkness,
the Lord will be a light to me.
9 I will bear the indignation of the Lord
because I have sinned against him,
until he pleads my cause
and executes judgment for me.
He will bring me out to the light;
I shall look upon his vindication.