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-Praying Psalm 51

by Request ~ August 1st, 2015

A Psalm of David

51 Have mercy on me,[1] O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin!

3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you may be justified in your words
and blameless in your judgment.
5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right[2] spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
O God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
15 O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

18 Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
build up the walls of Jerusalem;
19 then will you delight in right sacrifices,
in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.  (ESV)

Footnotes:

1. Or Be gracious to me

2. Or steadfast


Our Father,

You have said in your Word that you will not despise a broken and contrite heart, if we come before you and confess our sins, you are faithful and just to forgive and purify us from all unrighteousness.

The enemy keeps on placing our failures before us trying to convince us that we have no right to ask for your help. Besides he tells us that we haven’t really done anything to be ashamed of and our missteps are less than most and need no correction.

But your Holy Spirit calls up our sins before us and convicts us to seek your loving forgiveness and correction. He calls us into the light out of the darkness that the enemy claims is nothing more than human nature. But you have given us another nature in the name of your Son Jesus.

In your Word you have said that when we sin we have an Advocate that stands before your throne speaking in our defense –your very own Son Jesus Christ the righteous one. He is the atonement for our failures the ever present sacrifice for our sins today and forever. It is through faith in his righteousness and not our own that we have been adopted into your family and come before you now asking for your forgiveness and help.

Cleanse us now from our unrighteousness, let us feel your closeness once more, let us sing songs of praise and joy. Hide your face from our sins, and blot out all our iniquities. Create in us a clean heart, Our Father, and renew a right spirit within us.

Cast us not away from your presence, like the enemy wants, but let your Holy Spirit continue to dwell within us and write the good news of your love upon our hearts. Restore to us the joy of our salvation, and help us to have a willing and contrite spirit.

Then we will be able to teach others your ways and demonstrate your love to those living in darkness. Our lips will continue to praise your name and our voices will sing songs of everlasting joy.

In Jesus name, Amen.

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