A Pastor’s Confession

ConfessionPastor_194227947O God, I know that I often do Thy work without Thy power,
And sin by my dead, heartless, blind service,
My lack of inward light, love, delight,
My mind, heart, tongue moving without Thy help.

I see sin in my heart in seeking the approbation of others;

This is my vileness, to make men’s opinion my rule,
Whereas I should see what good I have done,
And give Thee glory,
Consider what sin I have committed
And more for that.
It is my deceit to preach, and pray,
And to stir up others’ spiritual affections 
In order to beget commendations,
Whereas my rule should be daily to consider myself
More vile than any man in my own eyes.  

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