Who can say, “I have made my heart clean …”?
The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is none who does good, no, not one. § Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
To will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will do, I do not do; but the evil I will not do, that I practice. § We are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
The Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. § God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Prov. 20:9; Ps. 14:2–3; Rom. 8:8; 7:18–19; Isa. 64:6;
Gal. 3:22; 2 Cor. 5:19; 1 John 1:8–9
The floods have lifted up their voice.
The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, than the mighty waves of the sea. § O Lord God of hosts, who is mighty like You, O Lord? Your faithfulness also surrounds You. You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, You still them.
“Do you not fear Me?” says the Lord. “Will you not tremble at My presence, Who have placed the sand as the bound of the sea, by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass beyond it? And though its waves toss to and fro, yet they cannot prevail; though they roar, yet they cannot pass over it.” § When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. § Peter … walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” § Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.
Ps. 93:3; 93:4; 89:8–9; Jer. 5:22; Isa. 43:2; Matt. 14:29–31; Ps. 56:3