Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness. Even that statement is amazing. I have no righteousness in me, apart from that which YOU imputed to me by Your grace. You are so kind to me. You have, again and again, relieved me in my distress. You have proved Yourself steadfast and faithful, even when I am fickle and faithless. You have always been gracious to me, and You have always heard my feeble, sometimes fervent, prayers. Hear me now, my Gracious Father. Have mercy on me.
I face Your enemies every day, O Lord. I am surrounded by those who treat Your word as a joke, and Your ways as a jest. It was ever so. They mocked You when You walked this dusty earth, teaching them to good news, showing them the way. They rejected the truth. How long will foolish men continue to love worthless fabrications, and strive towards vain, deceptive conceits? I must stop, and think, and meditate upon the deep-seated folly of the wicked. Their destruction is sure. The only difference between them and me is the admirable grace of God, which has taught me to love truth and seek after righteousness. If it weren't for the fact that You rescued me, I'd be facing the same sure destruction.
Lord, I know (and all men should know) that You have set the godly apart for Yourself. Just as I set my mother's and grandmother's dishes apart, to be used only during a special occasion, You set me apart for Your good purposes. You hear when I call to You. I am Your treasure.
Thank You that You ordain my steps, and order every single event that happens to me each day.
Thank You for reminding me that no matter how I stumble, I am forever clean in You.
Thank You for this: