I worship you, O Lord God, for you are gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love. You are patient, always ready to relent from sending the punishment I deserve. I praise you for your steadfast love and abundant mercy and thank you that you have blotted out my transgressions. I sing aloud of your righteousness, O God of my salvation. Open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise (Psalm 51:1, 14-15; Joel 2:13).