Psalms 51


Have mercy on me, God, according to your loving kindness.

David prays for remission of sins, whereof he makes a deep confession

1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 2 [51:4] Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 [51:5] For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. 4 [51:6] Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. 5 [51:7] Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

He prays for sanctification

6 [51:8] Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. 7 [51:9] Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 [51:10] Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. 9 [51:11] Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. 10 [51:12] Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11 [51:13] Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 [51:14] Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. 13 [51:15] Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. 14 [51:16] Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness. 15 [51:17] O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

God delights not in sacrifice, but in sincerity

16 [51:18] For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. 17 [51:19] The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

He prays for the church

18 [51:20] Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem. 19 [51:21] Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

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