How happy are those whose wrongs are forgiven,
whose sin is no longer held against them!
How happy are those who no longer lie—
to themselves or to anyone else.
When we refuse to admit our sin,
it eats away at us, little by little,
weakening us in body and soul.
So let’s come before God with our prayers of confession.
Let’s lay before God the sin that is weighing us down,
so that we can be freed from its burden,
and receive God’s mercy and love.
God, you are our hiding place!
Your unfailing love surrounds us,
and you fill our hearts with songs of joy!
Continue to guide us in the way we should go,
and watch over us,
so that our lives may bring honour to your name. Amen.