Obsequium – A Modern Psalm

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross”
Philippians 2:3-8

 Lord, protect me from myself.

Protect me from my vanity, my pride, my selfish ambition.

Create in me a clean heart, full of grace and mercy; compassion and steadfastness.

I need Your patience, for time is not on my side.

I am impetuous and selfish; vain and insecure; arrogant and judgmental.

Forgive my idolatrous heart.

Let me surrender my will, and make Your will known to me.

Thank you for Your mercy– daily, hourly; Your grace is what keeps me from the pit.

Guard my heart; place a holy fortress around me to protect, guide, and challenge.

Thank you for Your character: deep, gracious, kind, patient, every-lasting,

omnipotent, all-knowing, wise, faithful, loving.

Pour Yourself into my cup; seal the cracks of this broken vessel.

Shine Your light into every dark corner of my heart.

I surrender, I submit.

I release my false authority and self-righteousness to You.

Turn this heart of rubble into a masterpiece; mold me to Your likeness and design.

Proclaim Your majesty through my limbs, my soul, my mind.


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