Reading: Isaiah 31-35; Psalm 116
Father, I love you because you have heard my prayers. You have not turned a deaf ear to my distress and anxiety. When I am brought low, then you save me. In return for your salvation there is nothing I can offer. So I will lift up your salvation and tell of it to everyone around me. I am your servant, and I will spend my days doing your work so that others might come to love you. Oh, help me not to put my hope and trust in man. It is tempting to trust what I can see over you, Lord, who I cannot see. But my trust is in you, and your Spirit gives me security in my eternal dwelling place with you. Help me fear your name that it might become my most treasured possession. Help me to speak the truth, despise oppression, not to offer bribes, and not to look in evil. Then one day I will see you in all your beauty! Father, you are my judge, lawgiver and King. You make known my sin, you hold me accountable for it. Thank you for Jesus, through whom I get to escape your judgment, for it is dreadful to behold. One day you will set everything right and total justice will reign. On that Day, the Way of Holiness will lead into the New Jerusalem, and only your redeemed and ransomed people will enter.