Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.
✙ Ps. 130:1-4 ✙
The late great Eugene Peterson, in his little book Praying with the Psalms (HarperSanFrancisco, 1993) said that
Out of the depths I cry to you, oh Lord—
don't let my cries for mercy be ignored.
If you keep account of sins oh who would stand?
But you have forgiveness in your hands.
And I've heard religion say you're to be feared,
but I don't buy into everything I hear;
and it seems to me you're hostage to those rules
that were made by religion and not by you.
And I'm wondering will you ever get yourself free—
is it bad to think you might like help from me?
Is there anything my little heart can do
to help religion share us with you?
—Sinead O'Connor out of the depths • sinead o'connor