For I know my wrongdoings,
And my sin is constantly before me.
Against You, You only, I have sinned
And done what is evil in Your sight,
So that You are justified when You speak And blameless when You judge.
Behold, I was brought forth in guilt,
And in sin my mother conceived me.
Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in secret You will make wisdom known to me.
Purify me with hyssop, and I will be clean; Cleanse me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness,
Let the bones You have broken rejoice.
Hide Your face from my sins
And wipe out all my guilty deeds.
Create in me a clean heart, God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And sustain me with a willing spirit.
Then I will teach wrongdoers Your ways,
And sinners will be converted to You.
Save me from the guilt of bloodshed, God, the God of my salvation;
Then my tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness.
Lord, open my lips,
So that my mouth may declare Your praise.
For You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it;
You do not take pleasure in burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, God, You will not despise.
By Your favor do good to Zion; Build the walls of Jerusalem.
Then You will delight in righteous sacrifices,
In burnt offering and whole burnt offering;
Then bulls will be offered on Your altar."
A rough ride isn't a good reason to walk away from God. A rough time of things is when you should wrap your mind around the idea that you need more time with Jesus than less. Jesus will lead you THROUGH the night, through the darkness, through the valley of the shadow of death. Not leaving you there. If you think He has, my Dear Reader, it's you who let go of Him. It's you who insisted on staying. Jesus has never ever left you, but like the Prodigal Son, you may have left Him. Turn around and cry out to God. Ask Him to forgive you, to indeed cleanse you from all unrighteousness. To restore in you a clean heart. To help you in your weakness. To be that Child of God that you really are in Christ Jesus. Let today be the day you come home to the arms of Jesus who is still waiting for you.