Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love. My sin has been against you, although others have been hurt as well. It is against you that I have rebelled. It is against you that I have been angry—and yet it is to you that I cry for mercy! Even with my best intentions sin seems ever to creep in. Even with my firmest resolve I keep on sinning. Wash me, that I be clean, fresh, and new. Cleanse me, that I have integrity, that I do right from inside out. Purge me, that I be pure with a strong purity. In the name of Christ deliver me, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance.