Praise the Lord. Tell Him how good He is.
Give thanks to the Lord because He is good, because His love endures forever.
Endures. In spite of our inconsistencies, in spite of the hurt we cause Him, His love endures.
No one can fully declare His praise because no one fully knows Him.
Blessed are they who try to know You, who maintain justice and constantly try to do what is right – Your will.
Remember me when You show favor to Your people, come to my aid too, save me too, let me enjoy the prosperity of Your chosen ones, let me share in the joy of Your nation, let me join Your inheritance by praising You.
We have sinned, done wrong, acted wickedly.
We have taken Your miracles for granted.
We have taken Your kindness for granted.
We have rebelled.
You have saved us for Your name’s sake, to make Your powers known.
You have dried up the Red Seas that try to overwhelm us – the seas of sin, negative attitudes, doubt, low self-esteem.
You have saved us from our adversaries.
Then we believe Your promises and sing Your praise.
But we soon forget what You have done, and act without waiting for Your counsel.
We give in to our cravings and put You to the test.
Then we grumble and don’t obey.
We rebel against Your Spirit.
Yet You hear our cry and Your enduring love intervenes again.
Be gracious to them, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the greatness of Your compassion blot out their transgressions. Wash them thoroughly from their iniquities and cleanse them from their sin. Make them know their transgressions and show them how their sin is ever before them. May they come to realize that against You, You only, have they sinned and done what is evil in Your sight, so that they know that You are justified when You speak to them and blameless when You judge them. May they clearly hear when You speak to them.
May they come to know that they and everyone else was brought forth in iniquity, born with a sin nature. Show them that You desire truth in their innermost being, and in the hidden part make them know wisdom. Purify them with hyssop, and make them clean; wash them and make them whiter than snow. Make them to hear joy and gladness, let the bones which You have broken rejoice. Hide Your face from their sins and blot out all their iniquities.
Create in them a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within them. Do not cast them away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit away from them. Bring (or restore) to them the joy of Your salvation, and sustain them with a willing spirit. May they teach transgressors Your ways and may sinners be converted to You because of their testimony.
Deliver them from bloodguiltiness, O God, God of their salvation; may their tongues joyfully sing of Your righteousness. O Lord, open their lips, that their mouth may declare Your praise. Teach them that You do not delight in sacrifice, that there is nothing they can do to earn their salvation. Show them that You are not pleased with their efforts. Break their spirit, break their heart, and break their pride. May they come to know that You do not despise a broken and contrite heart.