Psalm 119 - A Confession

Written By:
Dave Hopwood
Bible Refs: Psalm 119:1-8
Lectionary Weeks: Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany (Year A)

The lofty aims of Psalm 119 can seem way out of our ability to achieve. Dave has interspersed the first section with lines of a confession prayer. It could be led from the front - perhaps with the congregation reading the scripture whilst a leader says the in-between lines. Or it could be printed or projected for people to reflect on.

Extract from the prayer:

1. Happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD.
My walk is not blameless, I often break your laws, O Lord.

2. Happy are those who keep his decrees, who seek him with their whole heart.
I long to serve you with all I have, all my mind, soul, heart and strength, but I fail.

3. Happy are those who do no wrong, but walk in his ways.
I wish I could only do right, only walk in your footsteps, but I wander to the right and the left.

4. You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently.
Your instructions are perfect, and I know them and reach toward them, but my reaching is short.

5. O that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes!
Lord, help me to pay attention to your ways, to the prompting of your Spirit.

6. Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
And when I fall, when I fail again, help me to have the humility to look to Jesus...

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Dave is an author and speaker who loves communicating the Bible using contemporary media, humour, illustrations and stories. He is author of several books retelling the Bible including The Groovy Gospel, The Bloke’s Bible, and Film & Faith. He goes out speaking by invitation and regularly publishes ideas and material via his website:

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