March 11, 2020


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

This is a scary prayer to pray. Traditional Reformed theology informs me that I have no righteousness of my own, so praying to God to judge me according to something that I'm incapable of having seems more than a bit risky. And yet the same set of beliefs that would condemn me also assure me that the perfect righteousness of Christ covers me as a garment, head-to-toe, if my faith in him is genuine.

Since the righteousness of Christ is mine, my prayer should be for integrity—that state of being in which my thoughts, words, and actions measure up to the faith I profess.

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, who taught me to pray: Our Father...

Crossposted to Psalm Today

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An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, I've served congregations in the Colombia, Puerto Rico, Europe & the US. I received a B.A. in German from the University of Louisville and learned Spanish in Bogotá. My Master of Divinity degree is from Drew University in New Jersey. I will begin my tenure as settled pastor of Pilgrim Christian Church—with dual affiliation in the UCC and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)—in late March 2019. This is my personal blog, and the opinions found herein are my own and may not reflect the views of the church I am serving.

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