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Confession: (Psalm 32:5)

 

Gracious and loving Redeemer.

You have bought me with the precious price of Christ’s death on the cross and yet I have lived as though I am owner of my time,

my energy,

my resources

—all of my life.

I come to you for my daily bread, my protection, my health, and my salvation.

But at the same time I seek my deepest satisfaction from the idols that I have set up in the sanctuary of my heart.

I have determined that my definitions of comfort, pleasure, control, and peace are to be preferred over your rule and purposes for my life.

My own desires have become my greatest and most powerful idols.

 

I bow my head in shame for the many ways I have I slighted you and ignored you.

I confess that too often I come to you only as my last resort instead of my first thought.

 

Two things I ask:

that the true reality of my sin, all of my sins both great and small would be ever before me,

and that I might see that your manifold mercy and your great grace are far greater than all my sin.

 

May the beauty of Christ and His Gifts of Grace fill the eyes of my heart

and may his invitation, Come unto me be the direction of my life.

 

May your welcome in the words of the Gospel again be the lifter of my head

that I might rightly serve and praise you in all my comings and goings, in all my doing and resting.

 

 

Assurance (Question 60 Heidelberg Catechism)

 

Q. How are you righteous before God?

A. Only by true faith in Jesus Christ. Although my conscience accuses me that I have grievously sinned against all God’s commandments, have never kept any of them, and am still inclined to all evil, yet God, without any merit of my own, out of mere grace, imputes to me the perfect satisfaction, righteousness, and holiness of Christ. He grants these to me as if I had never had nor committed any sin, and as if I myself had accomplished all the obedience which Christ has rendered for me, if only I accept this gift with a believing heart. (Heidelberg Catechism Question and answer #60)