Praying Through: Psalm 36:5

The Psalm

Psalm 36 (CSB)
5 LORD, your faithful love reaches to heaven, your faithfulness to the clouds.

The Prayer

My Only Righteousness

I search this earth

  • for something that is good and holy
  • none I can find
  • I see semblances
  • but none fulfilling.

But you led me to your word

  • and your word speaks of you.

I see that you alone are good

  • holy
  • justified
  • merciful
  • gracious
  • loving
  • and righteous.

And we are so far from you

  • I even see my own heart
  • and I am an infinite distant
  • from your presence.

Who would bridge this gap?

Is it I?

  • Then, let me try my best
  • let me abstain from sin
  • let me not look at porn
  • let me not lust after someone eclipses
  • let me not steal
  • let me not life
  • let me not swell in pride
  • let me fail not in helping those in need
  • let me do good1

Oh but everything I do is infected with sin.

I see it because I know it in my heart.

When I am helpful,

  • I do so in order for people to like me. When I am nice,
  • I want people to think I am good.

But if they could see my heart

  • if they could see the thoughts of my minds
  • that sin runs continuously
  • that wickedness runs without end
  • that treason is built into my soul
  • and they judge me wanting.

But you saw the depths of my soul

  • even beyond what I can see
  • in the darkness and despair
  • and you did not cower
  • you did not look away
  • you took pity on this old fool
  • and you gave me your Son
  • and you gave me your Spirit
  • and you gave me your inheritance
  • your daily mercies
  • your sweetest grace
  • and your steadfast love.

Keep me in palms of your hands O Lord

  • I stand on the spoken word of your Son
  • that no one
  • not anything
  • even sin
  • Satan
  • death
  • demons
  • and hell
  • can take me from your hand


  • my God
  • you would never let me go.

Keep me in your heart

  • and speak into my soul
  • and write your words in my heart
  • that I may never sin against you.