Blessed Are the Forgiven
A Maskil of David.
 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
 Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah
 I acknowledged my sin to you,
and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,”
and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
 Therefore let everyone who is godly
offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found;
surely in the rush of great waters,
they shall not reach him.
 You are a hiding place for me;
you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah
 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
 Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
which must be curbed with bit and bridle,
or it will not stay near you.
 Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD.
 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! (ESV)
Call to Worship
Psalm 69:1–3, 16-18
 Save me, O God!
For the waters have come up to my neck.
 I sink in deep mire,
where there is no foothold;
I have come into deep waters,
and the flood sweeps over me.
 I am weary with my crying out;
my throat is parched.
My eyes grow dim
with waiting for my God.
 Answer me, O LORD, for your steadfast love is good;
according to your abundant mercy, turn to me.
 Hide not your face from your servant,
for I am in distress; make haste to answer me.
 Draw near to my soul, redeem me;
ransom me because of my enemies! (ESV)
Prayer of Confession
God of grace and truth, in Jesus Christ You came among us as light shining in darkness. We confess that we have not welcomed the light, or trusted good news to be good. We have closed our eyes to glory in our midst, expecting little and hoping for less. Forgive our doubt and renew our hope, so that we may receive the fullness of Your grace and live in the truth of Christ the Lord. Amen.