A prayer of repentance and hope, inspired by Psalm 36
Father, if you should count our iniquities, who could stand? Without the precious blood of your Son, we are lost. We are the ungodly, the transgressors. Transgression speaks to us in our hearts. We hear and speak the language of transgression; it is our native tongue.
Without your Spirit, there is no fear of God before our eyes. We flatter ourselves in our own light, and that light is darkness. Concerning the discovery of our sin and the hatred of it, we lie to you and to ourselves. We see ourselves through rose colored glasses. We are foolish in our assessments and have no idea how to do any good. Like Cain, we hear your words, but do not believe that sin is waiting at the door, desiring to have us.
We cannot despise evil, for we do not see it. We cannot see it without the light of your holiness. Without your revelation we cannot acknowledge your holiness. It is too far beyond us. If we did, we would utter no words in our own defense. Like Isaiah, we would be undone, and so we are, but so often we do not know.
But your lovingkindness, O Lord, extends to the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches to the skies. O Lord, you preserve man and beast.
It is in your light that we see light.
We have no other hope, Lord. God of all creation, preserve us. Don’t let us drown in our pride and sinfulness. Bring your light and your truth. Shine into our darkness, so we might see. Put your fear in us, that we might know your wisdom and cast our foolish ways behind us. In your faithfulness, set us on a path that is good.
How precious is your lovingkindness, O God. The children of men take refuge in the shadow of your wings. We drink our fill of the abundance of your house. You give us to drink of the river of your delights. For with You is the fountain of life.
Cause us to delight in you, to swim in your river and drink deeply of your fountain. For truly there is no God like our God. Your righteousness is like the mountains, your judgments like the great deep. How blessed is the one to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity and in whose spirit there is no deceit. Instruct us, Lord, and teach us the way we should go.