Worship Words-Psalm 139 as Confession

Sunday’s Psalm reading is 139:1-12, 23-24.
When I visit a hospice patient and am asked to read Scripture, I ask what they would like to hear. Many times the response is a request for me to pick something good. Psalm 139 is a reading I return to regularly. No matter where we are in our lives, we all need a reminder that God is with us right here and right now. I encourage you to read this Psalm on good days and bad days whenever you need a reminder of God’s constant presence in your life.
Call to Confession

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts.

See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Prayer of Confession (Unison)

Faithful God, You know each one of us. You see us. You listen to us. And yet, we still run. Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? Holy One, we know the answer, and yet, we keep running. So forgive us for doubting your faithfulness. Forgive us for doubting the gifts you have bestowed upon us. Forgive us and help us to forgive ourselves and each other.  Amen.

Assurance of Forgiveness

Beloved children of God, Remember you are fearfully and wonderfully made by the Creator of the Universe. God knows you and loves you. Live your life remembering you are forgiven and loved. Amen.


The words in italics are from Psalm 139 in the New Revised Standard Version.


  1. Jibriil

    Wow! This message is blessings my heart for the day and the days to come. I pray to be a blessings to many more too. When I see Forgiveness and love…what has been bothering me is that if I can hold myself guilty of sin if i remembers what I had forgiven. Is remembering what I had forgiven sin?

  2. SusannahDB

    I am glad to hear that this word is blessing you. There is a difference between forgiving and forgetting. Sometimes forgiving is much easier than forgetting. I do not believe remembering what you have already forgiven is a sin.
    For me, forgiving can be a way of letting go of the memory in the hopes that I’ll forget or I won’t remember as clearly as I do today.
    Hope this helps.

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