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What Would Be the Most Terrifying Words You Could Hear?
Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry!
Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit!
From your presence let my vindication come!
Let your eyes behold the right!
You have tried my heart, you have visited me by night,
you have tested me, and you will find nothing;
I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.
With regard to the works of man, by the word of your lips
I have avoided the ways of the violent.
My steps have held fast to your paths;
my feet have not slipped.
Heavenly Father, I know that I am guilty of deceit. I deceive myself and others in ways I'm not even aware of, but I also know I can never deceive You. I know that I cannot claim innocence in my own actions, and that when You test my heart, You do see sin and find wickedness there. But I have trusted in Your Son. He is perfectly righteous and He is the fulfillment of this Psalm. I come to You in His name, claiming His righteousness on my behalf. I know that Jesus never slipped, never spoke a wrong word, never went stray in His heart, never failed any test, and I thank You for hearing my prayers offered up through my perfect High Priest.
This morning, as my day begins, I call upon You in the name of Jesus for protection from my enemies. Deliver me and deliver all of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at Your Right Hand. Let all of those who call on the name of Jesus find security and peace in You today. I pray especially for those in my family and in my church. Protect, deliver and surround us with Your love.
As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness;
when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.