The Psalm

Psalm 37 (CSB)
16 The little that the righteous person has is better than the abundance of many wicked people.

17 For the arms of the wicked will be broken, but the LORD supports the righteous.

18 The LORD watches over the blameless all their days, and their inheritance will last forever.

19 They will not be disgraced in times of adversity; they will be satisfied in days of hunger.

20 But the wicked will perish; the LORD’s enemies, like the glory of the pastures, will fade away— they will fade away like smoke.

21 The wicked person borrows and does not repay, but the righteous one is gracious and giving.

22 Those who are blessed by the LORD will inherit the land, but those cursed by him will be destroyed.

23 A person’s steps are established by the LORD, and he takes pleasure in his way.

24 Though he falls, he will not be overwhelmed, because the LORD supports him with his hand.

25 I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous abandoned or his children begging for bread.

26 He is always generous, always lending, and his children are a blessing.

27 Turn away from evil, do what is good, and settle permanently.

28 For the LORD loves justice and will not abandon his faithful ones. They are kept safe forever, but the children of the wicked will be destroyed.

29 The righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it permanently.

30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom; his tongue speaks what is just.

31 The instruction of his God is in his heart; his steps do not falter.

32 The wicked one lies in wait for the righteous and intends to kill him;

33 the LORD will not leave him in the power of the wicked one or allow him to be condemned when he is judged.

34 Wait for the LORD and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land. You will watch when the wicked are destroyed.

35 I have seen a wicked, violent person well-rooted, like a flourishing native tree.

36 Then I passed by and noticed he was gone; I searched for him, but he could not be found.

37 Watch the blameless and observe the upright, for the person of peace will have a future.

38 But transgressors will all be eliminated; the future of the wicked will be destroyed.

39 The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD, their refuge in a time of distress.

40 The LORD helps and delivers them; he will deliver them from the wicked and will save them because they take refuge in him.

The Prayer

My Only Gift of Righteousness
All of my days
  were filled with evil
  and dread before you.

I was once
  led astray
  a slave to various passions
  and pleasures
  passing my days in malice
  and envy
  hated by others
  and hating others.

But when you appeared,
  O Lord
  you brought your goodness
  and loving kindness
  and you saved me
  Not because of anything I have ever done
  or will ever do
  but only because of your great mercy
  and you washed me
  my giving me a clean heart
  and filling me richly
  with your Holy Spirit.

And now I am justified
  by your grace
  and now I am heir
  because you are only hope
  for eternal life.

Be thou my vision