We come before you this morning acknowledging that we are poor wretches bent on every kind of evil. And we do beg you to forgive us our sin and pardon the abundance of our iniquity.
Indeed, O God, it has been a double offense. For we know that we have transgressed your law not only by doing what we ought not to have done, but by having not done what we ought to do.
And we admit that the latter has been more devious than the first. Would we have time to worry and feel anxious if we had been busy fearing you and basking in the immensity of your splendor? If we had dutifully sought to admire you and delight ourselves in the riches of our God, we never would have chased the idols of our hearts or been overly consumed with the pleasures of this world.
But since we have not been engaged with our duty, we have committed a double error. And were you to leave us in our sin and open the books against us on the last day, we acknowledge that there would not be a library big enough to hold the volumes that would be needed to keep such records.
And that is why we seek your mercy and pray that you would uproot the vile inclinations of our soul. We come to you holding only to the cross of Christ and the promise you make in the gospel. We know that only his merit can satisfy your scrupulous inspection and make us presentable before your face.
So God, we ask that you would be faithful to your word and turn our hearts towards your face. Accept us in your grace. For this we pray in Jesus’ name.
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