Application: There are times in all of our lives that we feel like we can do it on our own. (The myth of the self made man/woman).
My friend Matt likes to refer to our weekly confession and forgiveness as "the declaration of dependence." He does so as a reminder to himself and others, like me, that we cannot do it on our own. That we rely heavily on God for everything. But that is not our understanding of confession and forgiveness.
Maybe seeing ourselves as dependent is more freeing if we understand confession to God as a joy instead of a burden. (verse 1)
Prayer: Lord, we give you thanks for your forgiveness because it is a freedom we have to place our lives into your hands.