Psalm 29:11b, “the LORD blesses his people with peace.”
[You, Lord Jesus, are the Prince of Peace, the Purchaser of Peace, the Purveyor of Peace. I praise you that, in your willing sacrifice for our sins, you opened the way for a three-dimensional peace—peace with you, peace with ourselves and peace with others.
Thank you that you have placed in our hands the power to provide peace through forgiveness. With this might we can move against the way of this twisted world where we would naturally seek revenge, hold grudges and strike back.
Instead, we can be both grace receivers and grace givers—as in the picture below, drawn by Nat–receiving your forgiveness as we confess and repent; extending forgiveness to ourselves and then to others as you have forgiven us. In this way we are passing on your grace by doing what is healing and gracious, freeing and equipping.
In this you have richly blessed us, displaying your marvelous love in your kind, transforming forgiveness, offered to all, efficacious to everyone who receives it.
I praise you for your love that is higher than the heavens, wider than the universe, longer than eternity, deeper than our imagination.
I praise you now for what will come to pass today and what will not, for success and failure, for opportunities to forgive myself and others, thereby giving you glory and passing on your blessings to others.
You are worthy of our worship and love, our praise and honor, our surrender and obedience. May we live in these continually, exalting your name before the nations, before the unseen hosts of angels and the domain of the devil.
May our obedience to what we know to be right bring you honor in all, Lord Jesus, as we confess our sins to you and receive your forgiveness, as we forgive ourselves and forgive others, bringing peace to all around us.