Lord, forgive me for all the many times I have withheld compassion and mercy. Help me to show compassion especially when I don’t understand.
Joseph was given reassurance in his fear in a dream. He awoke and followed God’s lead in obedience.
Herod had a choice in his fear and he chose to work against the Lord.
You have a choice. You can choose to sing a new song!
Help me, God!
I am listening, child
My simple cry
I am here with you
My hope-filled words
I keep my promises
I am your strength
I know your heart
I am your healer
What more can I say?
No lengthy prayer required
Not trying to impress
I am pleased with you, my creation
Just leaning in to the Savior
My ear is attuned to your prayer
With my heart’s cry
I know your heart
Help me, God!
I am your helper
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.” Psalm 91:14-15
The Lord has been relentlessly laying Psalm 51 on my heart each day for weeks. First, He was guiding me to read it each day. Then, He brought other people to me sharing wisdom from the beautiful Psalm. And, then finally I began meditating on it and thinking about it in my own words…something I love to do with Psalms. I love the simplicity and rawness of this Psalm. David is so honest and vulnerable about his sin and his need for God. I also love how the Lord takes our confessions, cleans us up, and then uses us to love and teach others.
I am so sorry for turning away from you, God.
Please forgive me by your great mercy and love.
Clear away all my sin and ugliness.
Wash away my wickedness.
For I know my sin is evident, and the worst is that I have sinned against you, Lord, and gone against your commands.
I was sinful from my first breath, born of sinful parents.
Certainly you want faithfulness for me — deep down in my heart.
You enable me to understand what is truly wise.
Grant me a supernatural cleansing from the inside out so that I am as pure as new fresh snow.
Let my heart receive your joy,
Let the weight of my sin give way to your forgiveness.
Turn your face from my sins and look on me in your grace and mercy.
Out of nothing, make my heart pure, O God, and renew a faithful spirit in me.
Do not separate me from you or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Revive me with the joy of your salvation and give me a humble spirit to carry me.
Then I will be able to help teach other sinners about you and they will turn back to you.
Save me from my punishment, O God, the God who saves me.
I will sing of your righteousness.
O Lord, open my mouth and your praise will flow out.
You do not desire for me to bring you an earthly, material sacrifice.
The sacrifices you desire from me are a broken, humble spirit and a remorseful heart.
O God, You will delight.
In spite of my failures, have mercy on my family and bless them.
Provide a hedge of protection around my family, keeping evil out.
We will let you in to humble hearts and offer you endless praise.
Inspired by Psalm 28. Thank you, David, for sharing your heart!
I praise you, Lord.
I tell of your goodness and power.
I speak words of love and adoration aloud.
I bring to You my needs.
I petition You and You lean in to hear me.
You hear me and You strengthen me.
You empower me and You protect me.
Trust wells up in my heart and praise breaks forth from my mouth.
I gladly sing of your goodness.
Blessed be the Lord,
Because He has heard the voice of my supplications!
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,
And with my song I will praise Him.
I am downcast when I look to myself
I am lost when I look to myself
I am defeated when I look to myself
Oh, but when I look to You…
You are my Shepherd
You are my Maker
You are my Truth
When I look down, I see myself
I see my faults, my needs, my weakness, my inabilities
I look to the sky
I need to tilt my head, my gaze, my mind upward toward the heavens
The treetops, the clouds, the sky all remind me of You
My Shepherd, my fulfilling Creator, my Sovereign Truth
Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:3
When I seek mercy and justice
When I offer mercy and justice
When I receive Your mercy and justice
My heart is renewed
My heart is cleansed
My heart is healed
When I seek Your way
When I offer Your love
When I receive Your Spirit
I behave as a woman following You
I love as a whole person
I give from a complete vessel
When you come to me, oh Lord
When you walk with me, oh Lord
When your Spirit fills me, oh Lord
I am set free
I am made alive
I will walk with a perfect heart
I will sing of mercy and justice; to you, oh Lord, I will sing praises. I will behave wisely in a perfect way. Oh, when will you come to me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. Psalm 101:1-2