Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you! As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you!
For when you did awesome things that we did not expect,
you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.
Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.
You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways. But when we continued to sin against them, you were angry. How then can we be saved?
All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us and have given us over to our sins.
Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter;
we are all the work of your hand.
We are impure but God is holy – the gulf between us is greater than the distance from the bottom of the Dead Sea to the top of Mount Everest! I think how overwhelming it would be to meet God face to face, except by the mercy of God, who saves us by his grace. God welcomes us, not because of who we are, but because of what Christ has done.
Gracious God, help us bring to mind things we have done that give you sorrow. Forgive us and cleanse us. You desire for us to draw near again in faith, so we thank you for the gift of forgiveness in Jesus Christ. Amen.