Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Integrity

The Lord judges the peoples; judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me.  
—Psalm 7:8

All I can say is, "Thank God for grace." For can I really pray with the psalmist that I be judged for my integrity—I, whose heart is so divided between God's values and the values of the world? I am too often so dependent on my possessions that I make an idol of material things and the money used to buy them. And yet, this prayer that exposes me still needs to be my prayer, for I should not be satisfied with things as they are, I cannot settle for life in the dust, and I dare not lower my prayers to bless my current condition.

Judge me, O God, according to my knowledge of what is right and according to the sincerity of my heart. And may your judgment raise me up to life according to your will. Yet through it all, I thank you for the grace that makes me aware of my shortcomings, the grace that forgives me my sin, and the grace that makes me holy, in Jesus' Name. Amen.

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